Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo by Cassandre Maxwell

Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo

Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: August 10, 2015

Recommended Grades: K-4

From the time he was a little boy, Abraham Dee Bartlett loved animals. He spent every night reading about animals and dreamed of working with them when he grew up. In 1859, Bartlett was asked to become the Superintendent of the London Zoo. His love and respect for animals led him to become a pioneer in veterinary medicine and to create an environment for animals in zoos as we know them today.
Lesson Idea:

Mentor Text: Biography: Driven by his lifelong interest in animals, Bartlett worked tirelessly to ensure that the animals in the London Zoo were happy and healthy. Read loud Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo to your class prior to a field trip to the zoo, or as part of a study on animals. Readers learn about Bartlett’s meticulous attention to the science of animal care, why there are explanations at exhibits, the reason behind enclosures as we view them today, and especially his appreciation for wild animals.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

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