The Wise Animal Handbook Oregon, by Kate B. Jerome, featuring Oregon state animals, is a vividly colored picture book with succinct quotes for good livin’ on each page. There is a Wise Animal Handbook for most states, where the story and pictures are the same but the pull-out coloring pages featuring state animals are the customized to the state.
I received the Oregon version and learned that they are one of only six states to have a state crustacean. I was surprised actually to see that Oregon’s crustacean was the metacarcinus magister, given that I live in Washington (a state that lacks a state crustacean) and the species common name comes from it prime local near Dungeness, Washington. Another fun fact (that I checked) is that Montana and Oregon have the same state bird, Western Meadowlark. It’s not a mistake, I googled to confirm that I was remembering correctly. But I have digressed…. Kate B. Jerome has compiled a fun collection of animal photos and related wisdoms. My two favorites are a picture of a cricket, appearing to shrug its shoulders stating “Admit when you don’t know,” and an adorable hedgehog eating an apple with the reminder to “eat healthy food to grow up strong.”
I recommend the Wise Animal Handbook and will be checking out other books by Kate B. Jerome.
Bienvenidos a Mi Mundo! My name is Megan and I’m a problem solving, decision making, left brain leader by day, simmering right brain artist with crafting ideas waiting to spill over at almost all other times, and a lover making and eating good food and devouring good books. At home I am the mother of 6 hens, a backyard apiary and a one-eyed rescue dog, and the newest edition – a beautiful boy, with who I am absolutely smitten. I have a lifelong love of reading and passion for childhood literacy. I have set this tone with my family through daily reading, special topics and engaging them and those around me in philanthropy focused on fostering reading between parents and children.
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