The Perfect Pet by Samantha Bell is a fun way to incorporate living books with science and learn more about animal classification.
As a homeschool mom, Samantha Bell wanted to find a way to make learning animal classification easy and memorable. The Perfect Pet follows a child’s search for a pet that his or her mother will approve of. Having to search through the different classes of animals and considering habitat needs, will the child ever find the perfect one?
The “For Creative Minds” section of fun activities, as well as a complete teacher’s guide available as a free download on the Arbordale website, gave me so many ideas for activities to incorporate into our science lesson on animal classification. These extras provide enough resources to turn The Perfect Pet into a complete unit study on animal classification. For classroom teachers, the cross-curricular activities cover language arts, science, math, and art, with state and core standards listed for reference.
We use several Arbordale titles in our homeschool, because they are such an easy way to incorporate many subjects. Plus, our living books approach to all subjects is easily accomplished through books like this. I also like how this publisher provides resources that both classroom teachers and homeschoolers can use and benefit from.
Samantha’s illustrations are enchanting, and my boys know about her love of art first-hand as they’ve been fortunate to take several art classes from her.
Each animal is rendered in detail, and even my youngest, who doesn’t understand what Kingdom Animalia is all about enjoys looking at the pictures as I read to him. The rhyming text is perfect for independent early readers and is fun for him to read aloud.
The Perfect Pet complements our hands-on classification activity, found here.Share this: