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Book Review and Giveaway: Strange Creatures. Ends October 26th

Strange Creatures: The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum

Stranger Creatures is the story of how a painfully shy boy followed his passion and became a brilliant scientist, forever changing our understanding of the world’s diversity of creatures.

My Review: This story is about the real life scientist Walter Rothschild and his passion for animals.

Walter Rothschild was born into a family of bankers and was the richest boy who had no interested in the banking business. Walter barely spoke as he was a very shy 7 years old kid. But he didn’t need words to express his love for animals that crawled, slithered or flew. His father wasn’t happy that Walter was spending so much of his time with these creatures and he was worried that he wouldn’t be able to take over the family business. Walter was interested in becoming a scientist and opening his own museum, a natural history museum.

Walter was able to stand up to his father and create his own legacy by creating his own museum at the age of 7.

According to the author, because of Walter Rothschild, the study of wild life has changed over the years. It is no longer considered ethical to take animal specimens. Studying of live animals is done using binoculars and their behavior recorded by cameras.

Despite what Walter’s father wanted him to become Walter stood his ground to become a scientist. Walter created the largest zoological collection ever gathered by one man. We should not let the expectations and pressures of others crush our passion or dreams.

Author Lita Judge did a great job illustrating this book and capturing the real life history of Walter and his animals. 

Age: 4 – 8

Pages: 40

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


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October 13, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , ,


  1. My grandson would love this book, he has severe hemophilia A and wants to be an anthropologist (I hope I spelled that right) when he grows up. We show him pictures of bugs that we take and he tells us what they are, when we look it up, he’s right. He’s 9 but has trouble reading because when he something is read to him, he remembers it verbatim, since he was a toddler he has done this, so in order to learn to read you have to constantly find new things for him.

    Comment by Wendy Newcomb | October 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. Wow, what an interesting and heartwarming book! I think this would be a great book for my kids to enjoy! Plus it has animals! What child doesn’t love them?!

    Comment by lisa | October 13, 2011 | Reply

  3. This book sounds wonderful. I’d love it!

    Comment by Dianna | October 13, 2011 | Reply

  4. I’d love to read this with my daughter!

    Comment by esther | October 13, 2011 | Reply

  5. I like that this book shows someone so passionate about something. It sounds fabulous.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | October 13, 2011 | Reply

  6. I think it’s wonderful the way Lita brought Walter’s life to our attention through Strange Creatures. It would be a great read for my grandkids.
    Thanks Ella and Lita. The illustrations are amazing. GFC follower under Lucky47.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | October 14, 2011 | Reply

  7. I would really love to win a copy of this book to read to my son! After reading the author’s interview, I think I will love the book, too 🙂

    Comment by jwitt33 | October 14, 2011 | Reply

  8. I am always looking for biographies that will engage the elementary students at my school . . . this sounds like something they would love!

    Comment by Cathe Olson | October 14, 2011 | Reply

  9. I love how this book teaches about never giving up on your dream even when everybody else thinks you should. It takes courage to take a stand and Walter shows just that. And the animal part is great too !

    Comment by Larissa | October 16, 2011 | Reply

  10. This would be a great addition to my classroom library. My kinderkids love books about animals and the backstory teaches them to follow their heart in choosing a career. Thanks for sharing!


    Comment by MJ | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  11. This book sounds like something my students would enjoy during reading time. We are always looking for new and interesting books like this one.

    Comment by Valerie Nichole (@january_love88) | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  12. This looks like a great book to show kids to follow their dreams rather than family expectations.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Stephanie M | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  13. I think that this would be a great book to win since we live in the country.

    Comment by asha pena (@ashabutterflys) | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  14. My children would absolutely LOVE this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Comment by Kelly Moran | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  15. I think this books is both interesting and educational. My 5 year old likes to spout facts about different things, and so I think she would enjoy being read this book.

    Comment by Monique Burkes | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  16. My grandson would love to have this book read to him. He is only 3 1/2 years old and loves to hear stories.

    Thank you for this giveaway!


    Comment by Judy Strunk Burgi | October 24, 2011 | Reply

  17. This sounds like a great book to inspire children to do great things on their own and I think my nephew would love as he is such a lover of animals!
    heididaily at gmail dot com

    Comment by Heidi Daily | October 24, 2011 | Reply

  18. my daughter would love this book as she is so interested in bugs, animals and all creatures right now looks great

    Comment by Melissa Debock | October 24, 2011 | Reply

  19. My son would like this book. He’s an animal lover and likes to study creatures of all kinds.

    Comment by Terra Heck | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  20. I would love to have this book for my daughter. She would like to be a scientist and feels a little out of place herself.

    Comment by Amy W. | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  21. Walter Rothschild’s story interests me because I also love animals.

    Comment by Lily Kwan | October 26, 2011 | Reply

  22. One of the reasons I like working with children is how passionate they can be about the natural world. This book reminds me about how important it is to be passionate about our world and do everything in our power to take care of it.

    hg195 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Heidi Grange | October 26, 2011 | Reply

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