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Creaturepedia: Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth

Last updated Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Author: Adrienne Barman
Date of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 1847806961
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2018

Synopsis: Welcome to this collection of best-loved animals from all over the world, chosen for their special talents and characteristics, with fun illustrations by Adrienne Barman. Meet 'the architects', the 'noisy neighbors', the 'homebodies', the 'forever faithfuls', the 'champions of forgetfulness' and more in this alphabetically ordered encyclopedia. Filled with fascinating facts, curious creatures, and characterful cartoons, this book will keep young explorers busy for hours.

Note to readers:
•  Book is mostly pictures and not an actual story. You're able to skip pages or maybe ask what the kids want to see.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What's your favorite animal?
•  Do you have any pets at home?
•  Have you ever read or seen an encyclopedia?


•  Intelligence: how smart something is.
•  Encyclopedia: a book with a collection of a variety of things and facts.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What was the coolest animal that you saw in the book?
•  Can you name any animals that were not in the book?

Craft ideas:
•  Paper plate animals
•  Paper bag animal puppets
•  Paper chain caterpillar
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Act like your favorite animal (Make sounds, walk like them)

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!