The Burgess Animal Book by Thornton W. Burgess is a wonderful living book to include in your homeschool week. It is easy to follow for children and lends to learning and the imagination as it explores so many different types of mammals.
When you purchase this resource for $8.00, you will receive a PDF book with many of the animals from The Burgess Animal Book. There is also an index at the beginning that lists each animal’s “Burgess Name” with its Species. There is also another version for younger students that only has the animals for your student to color, meaning that it omits the writing sections. You can choose either set as you enjoy the book together. *This companion guide does not include the book. Our favorite printed version of the book is The Living Books Press Edition that includes full color photos.
Print these pages for your children to color and fill out as you read the book aloud. Then you can compile them into Portfolio Binders for the term and year!
Wow! There are so many animals in each chapter, you may be wondering, “Do we need to complete each animal?” Here are some ideas if that seems overwhelming: Try splitting them between your students if you have multiple children working through the book. You can complete a family portfolio of all the animals that way! Or just choose the animal from each chapter that is most interesting to your student. Have them color that one as you read aloud. The idea is to start paying attention to the wonderful animals around us and be able to build a foundation of understanding Mammals that will grow into a lifelong pleasure. I have loved reading through this book with my family because it has given us a new perspective on many animals that are considered pests!
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