Synopsis from Scholastic:
REAL ANIMALS. REAL DISASTERS.
Lauren Tarshis’s New York Times-bestselling ‘I Survived’ series tells tales of brave kids facing horrifying events. Now, she tells the true stories of four animals who faced indescribable horrors of their own — and, against all odds, survived.
From a pigeon who braved the battles of World War I to two dolphins who were left for dead in a filthy tank, these narrative nonfiction stories profile animal heroes and the soldiers, scientists, and other humans whose lives they affected. Photos and bonus facts shed additional light on each story and animal species.
About: I Survived True Stories: Courageous Creatures and the humans who helped them was written by Lauren Tarshis. It was recently published on 11/2/2021 by Scholastic, paperback, 176 pages. The genres are middle grade nonfiction, animals, and historical events. This is book 4 in the I Survived True Stories series. This book was intended for readers ages 7 to 10, grades 2 to 5. One other book I have read from the author was called Only My Dog Knows I Pick My Nose. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and author.
My Experience: I started reading I Survived True Stories: Courageous Creatures and the humans who helped them on 11/10/2021 and finished it on 11/11/2021. A fantastic read! I loved reading this book! That’s big coming from me because I normally fall asleep reading nonfiction but this book was surprisingly easy to read. It’s full of fun facts. Animals’ aid during wartime were amazing. The dolphins’ stories were sad and it’s so bad about what happened to them through tuna fishing boats when they are such sweet happy looking creatures. Dolphins sounded like humans based on the facts of how they live. I’m surprised to learn that they can only stayed maximum of 12 minutes underwater before coming up to the surface for air. So many facts about dolphins that I don’t know. I loved learning how smart the animals were and how helpful they can be like how dogs help humans with their sense of smells!
This book started with a story about pigeons. They acted as messengers to communicate between soldiers and home-base. One pigeon in particular was named Cher Ami and it saved 200 soldiers from bombs that were dropped by the Americans meant to kill the enemy but weren’t aware that Americans were there. In the next few pages, readers will learn more about pigeons and how they knew which way to go. There were examples of other animals that knew their way home and one you may thought oh yeah are the salmons because they migrate from saltwater to fresh water. The next story was how a man saved two dolphins that were captured to sell at hotels for attraction purposes. The third story followed the African penguins and how they were affected by the oil spill that was accidentally spilled into the ocean. There was another story before information were given to readers about how we can help protect animals from human harm such as using less plastics because it ended up in the ocean and killing marine animals. There were books and websites as well as nonprofit organizations given to readers that are dedicated to helping wildlife.
Courageous Creatures was very well written and a fast paced read. It was interesting and fully captured my attention. Often I couldn’t put this book down. This book is good for young readers because there are definitions to big words such as echolocation, molting, and preening. Additionally, there are directions on how to pronounce big words such as cetaceans and sirenians. The story on the African penguin rescue were heartbreaking. It’s neat to read the details about penguins. I didn’t know that penguins shed all of its feathers and regrow them again once a year. Despite sad stories, the author was able to bring humor into this read with information of how awful the odors in the air was when mix with thousands of penguins’ droppings, dead fishes, poisonous oils, and human sweats. Volunteers vomited upon entering the sites to help clean these penguins that were covered in oils from the oil spill. It was sweet to read the process it took for wild penguins to trust humans whom they have never seen before. I will give this book to my 10 year old to read now that I have finished it. I recommend everyone to read this book and to check out the series!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
“Writing my I Survived series is a joy for me, a labor of love… and tons of work! But it’s actually my ‘side gig.’ My day job is that I am the editor-in-chief of Scholastic Classroom Magazines, where we create 30 beautiful classroom resources for children and teachers in pre-K through high school. What’s become clear to me that writing I Survived and my work in magazines are united by a shared mission: to create stories that build kids’ knowledge about themselves and the world, to inspire and empower them to want to learn more on their own.
So many books that we publish here at Scholastic do just that. I spent some time talking to my editor friends, exploring some new and recent books across the grade levels. There are so many amazing choices, but here are some of my favorites for building knowledge and launching kids on learning journeys into history, science, and the world.” (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Scholastic’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Scholastic for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.