Sunday, March 26, 2023

*Review* Ava Loves Rescuing Animals by Jess French


Genre: Children's 4-7
Published: April 18, 2023
Pages: 48

Ava Loves Animals tells the fact-filled story of day in the life of a budding young vet who is passionate about animals.
Ava encounters many different animals at her Grandparents' rescue center—this book is 
filled with facts about the different animals they are looking after and those she spots outside on her way to the pet shop.

cuddles some kittens needing new homes, follows some animal footprints in the park and helps a turtle on the beach with the help of her grandma.

Follow Ava as she shares her love of animals—
discover amazing animal record breakers, learn how frog spawn grows into a frog and find out what you can learn from looking at an animal's poo! 

With an 
engaging and lively narrative from Jess French and fun, warm illustrations from Duncan Beedie this book will help ignite a love and appreciation for nature, right on our doorsteps.

The Nature Heroes series focuses on a group of friends who are passionate about nature and the great outdoors. Each book features a different child who has a favorite topic that they are fascinated by: Billy Loves Birds, Bella Loves Bugs, Ava Loves Animals and Pedro Loves the Planet!

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This short story features a girl who, as the title suggests, loves saving animals. It provides helpful tips for young children about what they should do if they find an animal they think needs help (always get an adult who knows what they're doing). But it also talks about ways we should behave so that the animals don't need human intervention in the first place, such as leaving nests of bunnies alone to see if the mother returns before doing anything else. 

The illustrations were colorful and bright with crisp lines, showing all the various animals and the ways the children in the story were interacting with them (mostly watching from afar because these are wild animals after all). I'd be okay reading this book with kids a few times before I'd want to claw my eyes out. Overall I give this story 4.07 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Jess French is a passionate vet, zoologist and naturalist who has been named one of Britain's top 50 conservationists by BBC Wildlife magazine. She presented her own TV series on CBeebies called Minibeast Adventure with Jess and worked on Live 'n' Deadly (CBBC), Deadly Mission Madagascar (CBBC), Springwatch (BBC) and Micro Monsters 3D (Sky). Jess has written several books for children, including the Born Free series for Orion Children's Books.

Duncan Beedie is an illustrator and animator based in Bristol. Aside from drawing copious quirky images, he collects clockwork robots, can identify pretty much any military aircraft and has a dog called Ivor.

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