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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Curious Chris: Why No Flamingos? is a children's book in the animal care, nature, and educational writing subgenres. It is a delightful picture book for young and accompanied readers and was penned by author Cindy B. Witty with illustrations by artist Sally Garland. This charming story chronicles the adventures of Chris, a relentlessly curious boy with a barrage of questions. When his parents decide it's time for a pet, Chris is faced with the challenge of choosing the perfect one. His heart is set on a "falingmo," a delightful misspelling that adds to the appeal of the story. However, the local animal shelter doesn't have flamingos, leading Chris to explore the world of dogs up for adoption.
Author Cindy B. Witty captures the curiosity of a young mind perfectly in this well-crafted picture book, weaving in a heartwarming message about pet adoption that is warmly informative and filled with joy. Chris's journey to find the ideal pet encourages children to embrace the idea of adopting animals in need, a moral message that parents and educators will no doubt love sharing and discussing with their little ones. The illustrations by artist Sally Garland complement the narrative beautifully with their bright designs and clear emotional meaning, making it an engaging and visually appealing read that children will want to revisit again and again. The inclusion of a page supporting pet adoption adds a meaningful touch to the story that can be followed up on by curious minds. This book could act as a great primer for any family looking to introduce their kids to the idea before they take the plunge and adopt. Overall, I would certainly recommend Curious Chris as a delightful tale that resonates with both children and families, fostering a love for animals and curiosity about the world with its bright, imaginative storytelling.