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by Cassandre Maxwell

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The book in elevated by its gorgeously detailed and elaborate illustrations. I'm always happy to bee a new biographical picture book about a lesser-known figure, especially for who lends themselves to a further investigation of a STEM field. Animal and zoo lovers are sure to be delighted.
  kleahey | Mar 7, 2017 |
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I received this book as part of the LibraryThing early reviewer giveaway. It was a nicely illustrated introduction to the life of Abraham Dee Bartlett and his major role in developing the zoo as we know it today. Great for a teacher introducing a unit on zoo animals or zookeeping. ( )
  nicholsm | Jan 24, 2016 |
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Beautiful realistic paper-cutout illustrations accompany this story of the life of the man who loved animals as a child, and grew up to become the director of the London Zoo for 38 years, from 1859-1897. Abraham Dee Bartlett introduced better ways to care for animals, how to create natural enclosures and eliminate cages, how to give wild animals a balanced diet, and other at-the-time groundbreaking practices for humane zookeeping. He came up with the idea to post signs with information about the animals for visitors to learn about the animal' habitat, food, etc. (a radical idea in the early days of just putting an animal in a cage and having people stare at it, with only the name of the animal on a sign). As a child, he was self-taught, would read books on everything that interested him; he worked at a natural history museum doing taxidermy and his excellent work there caught the attention of the London Zoo trustees. He preferred working with live animals anyway! This picture book gives a short bibliography and timeline. Lovely picture book for younger readers; loved the endpapers with quotations and anecdotes from books about the London Zoo (sources given but very tiny on the CIP page)--for example, when the reptile house opened, it was the first one in the world, but only heated by stoves, so the reptiles were given woolen blankets for warmth!! ( )
  GoldieBug | Sep 19, 2015 |
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zoo-boy liked it . . . ( )
  beckydj | Sep 2, 2015 |
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SUMMARY: This is the story of Abraham Dee Bartlettt who became the superintendent of the London Zoo in the late 1800s and worked ceaselessly to better the lives of the animals. Growing up, he learned everything he could about animals and their needs. Once he was in charge of the zoo, he worked with the animals in a gentle manner and found ways to make them healthier as well as to live in better comfort, including bringing them out of cages into natural habitats.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in paper collage and mixed media. They are unbelievably detailed and intricate. I could look at them over and over again for pure enjoyment.

REVIEW: This was a wonderful biography/history story. The paragraphs were kept short and simple, but still rich with information. There were plenty of informative illustrations to keep all ages interested. This book would be a lovely springboard book for teachers to use in the classroom when studying animals or this time in history (late 1870s).

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Grades 1-5. There is something for each age group in this book

NOTE: I received an ARC copy of this book from LibraryThing and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My reviews are always 100% honest based on preset criteria. ( )
  mmcbeth29 | Aug 14, 2015 |
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A nice brief biography about Abraham Dee Bartlett and how he influenced modern zoos. The book is beautifully illustrated with a paper collage style which adds dimension to the images. While I would have loved more information about Dee Bartlett, I thought the author covered a good amount and connected aspects of his life to something we can all relate to. A good read for elementary aged children. I received a copy of this book as an early reviewer from the publisher through LibraryThing.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 080285432X, Hardcover)

Abraham Dee Bartlett knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life working with animals. But in Victorian London, there weren’t many jobs that provided an opportunity to do that. Still, Abraham spent years gaining knowledge and pursuing his dream until he eventually became superintendent in the London Zoo. Driven by his compassion for the animals, Abraham dramatically improved the conditions of the zoo to ensure that the animals could be happy and healthy.

With engaging back matter and charming illustrations, Cassandre Maxwell’s book brings to life the little-known story of the man who helped to create the modern zoo.

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