Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Creek Critters - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Do you like scavenger hunts? How do you tell if creek water is clean and healthy? Join Lucas and his sister as they act like scientists looking for certain kinds of stream bugs (aquatic macroinvertebrates) that need clean, unpolluted water to survive. What will they find as they turn over rocks, pick up leaves and sort through the mud? Read along to find out if their creek gets a passing grade.

CREEK CRITTERS® is a registered trademark of the Audubon Naturalist Society Of The Central Atlantic States, Inc. ANS’s CREEK CRITTERS mobile app helps people find and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates and report on stream health (www.anshome.org/creek-critters).

Written by Jennifer Keats Curtis, Illustrated by Phyllis Saroff
32 pg, Ages 4 - 8, 


My Review:

My kids are no strangers to creeks.  I've taken them there to play several times when they were young'uns.  There's a lot of interesting critters and foliage to find in creeks.  We always did it for fun, but there's a lot of learning facets to be found in creeks as well.

A Spring 2020 release by Arbordale Publishing, Creek Critters illustrates two siblings who work together to explore a freshwater creek.  While there, they learn about dragonflies, beetle larva, other creek critters.  With observation, they are able to learn if a creek is healthy.  

This books tells a story, but also gives readers the opportunity to explore and learn more with the 'For Creative Minds' section at the back of the book.  There's a segment that has readers matching young water bugs to their adult version.  There's also a portion that shows which critters can live in which kind of water.  (I found it personally interesting because I learned which ones are sensitive and which ones are tolerant to polluted water.)  There's also a 'Scientist's Field Notebook' that young readers can use to check stream water of their local creeks.  


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35 comments:

aperry said...

I like Dragonflies.

Gammy.bear said...

SPIDERS

Lisa Williams said...

I like Monarch butterflies.

Granmama15 said...

I cannot stand spiders 🕷 YUK!!

Jan Lee said...

I like dragonflies ;)

jjmon2012 said...

your favorite OR least favorite insect/critter/bug.

I always liked ladybugs, butterfly's

Darlene said...

My least favorite critter is spiders.

bison61 said...

my least favorite is hornets and wasps

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ken ohl said...

I hate rats they are my least favorite critter

Renee G said...

I love Praying Mantids.

Nancy Payette said...

Definitely hate cockroaches &/or palmetto bugs.

John Smith said...

Hmm. I hate silverfish. And they're cannibals and like to gather and congregate anywhere another silverfish has been killed, like it's ambrosia, so you have to carefully scrub and clean. I wish I'd never seen the darned things!

Jessica Peeling said...

I absolutely hate spiders and I love ladybugs!

monique s said...

I love butterflies and hate cockroaches

Renee said...

Ladybugs are cute and useful!

Leela said...

I like dragonflys.

Jim said...

i hate spiders

susan1215 said...

I like butterflies and hate spiders.

Ljhfike said...

I HAAATE wolf spiders

SueZH said...

Last year I got stung 3 times by hornets! Do not like them!

Sandra Watts said...

I only don't like the spiders that I find in my house. If they are outside then I don't mind them. LOL

Julie Waldron said...

My favorite is butterflies, my least favorite is anything that stings/bites.

Kristen said...

I do not like Jerusalem Crickets. They freak me out.

MargaretAnn Rice said...

Least favorite Yellow Jackets or Hornets

latanya t said...

I dislike spiders

Pam said...

Not a fan of mosquitoes!

Charlene S. said...

I like ladybugs & I hate spiders.

Michele P. said...

I like ladybugs, but am terrified of spiders!

Melissa S said...

I absolutely love ladybugs! I get so excited when I start to see them every year.

wen budro said...

My least favorite insect is the potato bug. One made its way into my apartment and I thought it was an alien. So creepy!!!

LeAnn Harbert said...

I like catching Lightning Bugs with my granddaughters in the summer.

Candie L said...

I like lady bugs and lightening bugs. Thank you

desitheblonde said...

the spider and snakes are the worst

starzine said...

Spider.

Sand said...

I don't like rodents of any kind!