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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Review & Giveaway: How to Speak Animal by Aubre Andrus & Gabby Wild

National Geographic Kids How to Speak
Read As A Stand Alone: Yes
Publisher: National Geographic Partners, LLC
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: August 16th, 2022
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Blurb from goodreads:

Learn about the secret language of wild animals in this exciting and informative guide from the experts who brought you How to Speak Cat and How to Speak Dog.

We know animals can’t speak and express themselves in the same way as humans … but even the smallest and quietest animals have incredible ways of communicating with each other. With wildlife veterinarian expert Dr. Gabby Wild as a guide, How to Speak Animal helps kids understand how animals communicate through sound, body language, and behavior. It’s full of expert insights and real-life stories of humans exploring ways to “talk” to animals, from teaching great apes sign language to speaking “dolphin.” Packed with super-engaging animal photography that helps illustrate key concepts, this fascinating bookprofiles more than 60 different creatures—from birds to mammals to reptiles and more—and their amazing ways of communicating with each other.

If you’ve ever wondered why gorillas beat their chests and make hooting noises, what it means when chameleons change color, or why some elephants twist their trunks together, this is the book for you!

Complete your collection with:
How to Speak Dog
How to Speak Cat
Fetch! A How to Speak Dog Training Guide
Pounce! A How to Speak Cat Training Guide

My Thoughts:

I love animals and kids and teach kids (though they are younger than this book's targeted age group), so this book was a no-brainer for me. While I knew much of the information already, there was some I didn't, and I enjoyed learning.

The book begins by introducing four main methods of communication, with examples, then breaks animal life into four large groups based on where they live - land, air, water, and pets - and includes mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects. Examples of what types of communication each animal uses are given. There are clear, colorful photographs and basic information presented simply. As an adult, I sometimes wished for more depth but this is meant as a primer for elementary to middle school aged children and it works for that age group. It will answer some questions and prompt new questions. It definitely leaves the reader with a better understanding of animal language and how to start understanding it. 

About Aubre Andrus: 

AUBRE ANDRUS is an award-winning children's book author with dozens of books published by National Geographic, Lonely Planet, American Girl, Disney, Scholastic, and more. She has also ghostwritten books for young YouTube stars. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family. Visit her website and portfolio at

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About Gabby Wild:

DR. GABBY WILD earned her bachelor of science and doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degrees at Cornell University. She completed her veterinary internship training at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and received her master’s of public health (MPH) from the University of Minnesota. She is a published genetics researcher and uses her research background to screen zoonotic disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people. To help maintain a healthy planet, she monitors herd and individual health for rising epidemics. Dr. Wild balances her Western medicine practices with traditional Chinese medicine in an effort to blend both methodologies. Acclaimed for her role as “the veterinarian” on Animal Jam, the world’s largest online “playground,” with 54 million players, she creates educational videos and teaches children internationally about wildlife conservation and medicine. When not in the wild, Gabby works as a Wildlife Health Program veterinarian for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo and is a training veterinary surgeon at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. She lives in New York City. 

Find Gabby Online: 

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1 winner will receive a finished copy of HOW TO SPEAK ANIMAL, US Only. Ends September 6th, 2022, midnight EST. The publisher is responsible for mailing out the prize. Please read my giveaway policy and my privacy policy.

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  1. I always appreciate it when non-fiction books for kids are written at the correct level! So much easier to keep their interest when it's the right amount of information for the age range.

    1. Yes! Getting the audience right is important and I think this book hit the mark.


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