Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries

Written by Jennifer Keats Curtis

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Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries is more than a picture book for the kindergarten to third grade level reader. This book is a fun and informative study of who and how animals can be helped and cared for. Many times exotic animals are purchased when they are tiny, but when they grow and become too big for their caregiver, who takes over the care? Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries is the book to launch those discussions and learning.

Educators and parents will appreciate the clear information presented in the book for the kindergarten through third grade reading level students. Whether the book is read aloud or students study it independently, the beautiful pictures will help tell the story of a bear, a lynx, two tigers, and a variety of other beautiful and exotic animals that cannot live alone in the wild.

The publisher has numerous resources for teachers on their website and the book includes four pages of activities to do at home or in the classroom. Readers will learn hands-on about sanctuaries and the care of animals, rescue and habitats, and how to identify domestic animals from those that should be wild. Many more free learning activities are available online at

This is a great book to add to the classroom or the homeschool library but it also is a good book for parents to read and share at home. Summer reading can open discussions about animals, the environment, and even volunteer opportunities available for children who love to know more about helping animals. The additional pages for “Creative Minds” are a plus for parents and teachers offering a wide variety of fun learning experiences to share with the third grade student.

  • Animal Helpers SanctuariesTitle: Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries
  • Author: Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Reviewer: Terri Forehand
  • ISBN: 978-1-60718-6236
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction, Picture book
  • Lexile Level: 860




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