Bridge to the Wild: A Day in the Life of Zoo Curators

Bridge to the Wild A Day in the Life of Zoo Curators With stunning photographs and exemplary narrative nonfiction the Sibert Honor winning creators of The Elephant Scientist Caitlin O Connell and Timothy Rodwell give readers a heartwarming insider s

  • Title: Bridge to the Wild: A Day in the Life of Zoo Curators
  • Author: Caitlin O'Connell Timothy Rodwell
  • ISBN: 9780544277397
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With stunning photographs and exemplary narrative nonfiction, the Sibert Honor winning creators of The Elephant Scientist, Caitlin O Connell and Timothy Rodwell, give readers a heartwarming insider s look into a day in the life of zoo curators and the meaningful bonds that they form with their menagerie.

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    1. I confess to having a great love for wildlife. Yet I consider myself more of an 'armchair' wildlife lover because I enjoy reading books or watching documentaries about them, but I wouldn't work with them very well at all (allergies being only one reason). So books like this one that talk about what working with animals is really like are really up my ally. What I loved so much about this one is that I could tell that I was reading about the experiences of a real scientist. I also loved reading a [...]

    2. O'Connell does a variety of different things in this book. It is 4 days spent behind the scenes at the Atlanta Zoo with lots of inside peeks at a curator's job as well as fascinating stories about their animal charges. That alone would been enough for me but there is much more. O'Connell also talks about conservation and combating species extinction in a way that is both positive AND realistic about world conditions. I do like O'Connell's call to arms message coupled with encouraging stories of [...]

    3. Interesting story about Zoo Atlanta, behind the scenes view. Each chapter deals with a different animal - lions, meerkats, pandas, ostrich, elephants, etc talks about the social structures, endangered animals and the unique challenges of each breed.Also introduced all the professionals that care for the inhabitants. Kids get an idea of the many facets of a working zoo and career options . Additional material includes observational records for students to use.Idid enjoy the book but a zoo is a co [...]

    4. I loved the concept idea of the book but it fell a bit short in the delivery. Caitlin O'Connell's usual fun and enthusiastic writing was a bit stilted and overly explanatory. What was conceived as a walk though the zoo became an awkward jump from one place to another and back again. I wanted more stories and more time with the individual animals.

    5. Thoroughly researched guide to various animals at the Atlanta zoo. Includes in-depth research methods, animal behaviors, anecdotes. For older readers. Much technical information and advanced vocabulary.

    6. I'm about to gush here. If you read my reviews often enough, you probably have guessed that I love any nonfiction book about animals, conservation and preservation, and even better when the ideas are combined. In Bridge to the Wild, Dr. Caitlin O'Connell begins by recalling a childhood visit to the zoo - back when animals were still largely kept in cages (I remember it well), and saw a gorilla, seemingly in deep despair over living in a cage not much bigger than he was.Thankfully, those days are [...]

    7. This book was a great book to read because I learned so much about different animals in the wild. I was able to learn more than what I previously had known. I think it'd be a great read for upper elementary, or intermediate levels. It's also something that could teach elementary kids where different wild animals live, and who helps them when it's needed. I love how it started with monkeys, then went onto pandas, and so on. It started off with an animal children have seen in person at maybe the z [...]

    8. This book takes the reader on a journey with a fifty-five-year-old orangutan who needs the attention of the zoo veterinarian and larger than life elephants. They also show the reader a black mamba snake and the panda families. The author is also a researcher, scientist, and long time animal lover. The story is told from her perspective on the outside looking in. I would recommend this for collections looking for books about zoo animals and the daily workings in the zoo.

    9. This is a nice narrative non-fiction book about Zoo Atlanta and their efforts at conservation. The book also has information about animal behavior and events at the zoo. I think this one will make a good guided reading book for upper elementary students because the writing is very compelling. There are lots of great, full color photographs to add interest.

    10. A little too scientific, but a great resource for young adult readers who are considering a profession in zoology.I can't put my finger on it, but I thought it was a little dry.

    11. Well-written and expertly-researched narrative nonfiction about a variety of animals at Zoo Atlanta. Interesting facts presented in an entertaining way and I loved the way the author used the zoo encounters to then make a connection to the animal in the wild and inform readers about that aspect. Amazing photos as well!

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