Seeing the Real Thing
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
With a toddler at
home, I’ve seen my share of cute-but-not-at-all-lifelike animal
illustrations. So I was excited to discover the Life-Size
Zoo books at the library.
It’s a tall book that uses fold-out pages to show large photographs.
Even then, it can only show a fraction of a walrus, but an inset
illustration shows how much of an animal is unseen.
What can you see?
Whiskers! Teeth! Eyelashes! Such a big mouth! Such small ears! You’re
looking at a real creature, from up close, and you can see as many
details as you take time to find. Our boy flips through the pages again
When we go to the zoo
or aquarium now, the animals he wants to see are mainly the ones from
those books. We look for the whiskers and other particulars we’ve
noticed. You know all this is on his mind when you ask him to think of
an O word and he says, “Okapi!”
When you’re planning
programs, a great question to ask is, “How can I get patrons closer to
the real thing?” Make it a challenge. Can you show photographs instead
of giving verbal descriptions? Can you involve other senses too? Can
they get their hands dirty? Give them an experience and you help them
step into new territory.
Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator
"Raptors are Animal Heroes!"
At SWON’s spring
Summer Reading Program Workshop, Raptor Inc. will bring a Barn Owl, a
Great Horned Owl and a Turkey Vulture in for a friendly visit. We’ll
learn about their habitats and their roles in the environment, as well
as seeing beaks and talons up close.
Join us March 18th
for a full day of programs and ideas. We hope you’ll bring your own
program plans (for the Idea Share at the end of the day) and an