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. http://litajudge.com/StrangeCreatures.html
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
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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