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Worms for Breakfast

How to Feed a Zoo

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Kathy Boake

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zoos, cooking & food, diet & nutrition, zoology
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list price: $17.95
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publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
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Feeding time is one of the most popular events at zoos. It also prompts a smorgasbord of questions: what do different animals eat? How much food do they need to stay healthy? Where do zookeepers get all that chow? And what constitutes a special treat?

Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo answers all these questions and more in a cookbook-style primer packed with facts from experts at zoos and aquariums. Covering everything from regular animal nutrition to feeding babies to mimicking how animals hunt and eat in the wild, this book explores the eating habits of carnivores, omnivores, herbivores, and insectivores. Inside, you’ll also find real-life recipes from zoos around the world for meals like eucalyptus-leaf pesto, kelp tank goulash, and mealworm mush. Beware! You probably don’t want to eat any of it yourself.

Written in a plucky, conversational tone with delightfully wacky illustrations, a glossary, and tips for zoo animal care, this book is bound to appeal to picky readers.

About the Authors

Helaine Becker

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Kathy Boake is an illustrator and fine artist. Her work has appeared in many publications, such as InStyle, Seventeen, Vancouver, Toronto Life, Outside, Chirp, Chickadee, and Owl magazines. She has won numerous awards from the Art Directors Club of Canada, the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and the Western and National Magazine Awards Foundations. She has also illustrated several books, including You Are Weird by Diane Swanson and Chitchat: Celebrating the World’s Languages with Jude Isabella. Kathy lives in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
7 to 10
Grade:
2 to 5
Awards
  • Short-listed, Nominated for Hackmatack Children's Choice Awards in Atlantic Canada
  • Short-listed, Nominated for the 2017 Silver Birch Nonfiction Award
  • Commended, A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • , Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • , Nominated for the 2017 Saskatchewan Willow Awards
Editorial Reviews

"Playful...helps children relate to animals through food and cooking...fun."

— Green Teacher Magazine

"The lively writing style will capture and hold reader attention throughout while the information presentation surprises and delights... Worms for Breakfast would be useful to share with a young person before or after a zoo visit, or to help kids think about the close and constant relationships we share with animals on a daily basis. Highly recommended."

— Canadian Review of Materials

"Written in a conversational, engaging way. It is appealing even for my picky readers."

— US National Science Teachers Association

"Unique...a great book for students fascinated with nonfiction and those who are reluctant readers. Recommended."

— School Library Connection

"I love this book! ...We could probably eat the gorilla cookies without the monkey chow in them. We could eat the dead ants. People could eat the "Digger's Delight" recipe, but I wouldn't want to eat out of a log. People who like animals and people who want to open a zoo should read this book."

— Nishaant, Age 7, Kids Book Buzz

"While the tone is light and Boake's photo-collage illustrations zany, Becker doesn't avoid the tough stuff: though conservation and species protection are important jobs zoos do, animals kept there aren't always happy. Still, this inside look at zoo work is fascinating, and the gross-out appeal of the recipes is undeniable. Kiddos desperate to learn more about the zoo will scarf this down."

— Booklist

"Animal lovers and aspiring vets or nutritionists will have plenty to feast on with this fun and informative book."

— Quill & Quire

"This book is a ticket to a different sort of zoo tour."

— Ithaca Child

"Fascinating and entertaining...disarmingly fun...a perfect book to read with a class before a trip to a local zoo, aquarium or animal sanctuary."

— Canadian Children's Book News

"With fascinating facts and a lively design, this is a surprisingly nourishing treat."

— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Animal lovers, especially the reluctant readers among them, will delight in the browsable approach and the window into zookeeping."

— The Bulleting of the Center for Children's Books

"Great for libraries in need of fun, browsable animal books."

— School Library Journal

"Boake's off-kilter photo-collages suit the mix of silliness and science...should provoke giggles."

— Publishers Weekly

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