Worms for Breakfast
Nope, I did not make a title typo. While most readers prefer
waking up to cereal or pancakes, there are varmints who would turn
those offerings down in favor of say plump juicy grubs. Helaine
Becker's Worms for Breakfast gives the inside scoop.
Youngsters are told to imagine being put in charge of a zoo with
all kinds of varmints to cater to. A cage by cage tour uses
nutritional needs to teach about animal life styles. At the end there
are things kids and families can do to be "a bestie to the beasties."
The information is succinct and interesting. Pictures range
from amusing (a bunch of critters raiding a fridge) to aaaaaw
inspiring (dear little baby clouded leopards.)
There are recipes...but you might not want to try them out
unless you have really exotic animal companions.
On a personal note, when I was growing up we had exotics in the house:
raccoons, foxes, an ocelot, birds of prey, raptors, a wolf, an otter,
jumbo snakes, and other critters most folks didn't share living space
with. I did a lot of mammal caretaking. When I was in primary school
I could get up in the middle of the night to give bottles to unweaned
varmints. That was how I first learned parenting.
A great big shout out goes out to all who nurture creatures great and
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