Who am I? A Peek-Through-Pages Book of Endangered Animals by Tim Flach

Published by Thames and Hudson

Price    $24.99 NZ$29.99

ISBN 9781760760359

As we are overwhelmed with the news that there are more and more endangered animals in the world I wonder if we really know what they look like or how we can help them?

Who Am I? created by Tim Flach is a creative book that allows children to explore the world of endangered animals.

Each animal is described in easy to understand ‘who am I’ style clues alongside peek through pages that reveal parts of the animal.

Something that makes this book unique is the photography. Each animal has been exquisitely photographed either in sanctuaries or the wild and the eyes of each animal are hard to miss.

Some of these animals appear in a human like portrait style, bringing about more feeling to who these animals are and why we need to start to care more about them.

Tim Flach is a master photographer and author, capturing young children’s minds and hearts through curious clues and magical photography. At the end of the book there is also more information about each animal, where they live and how some humans are trying to raise them from the status of endangered.

This book has also been made in collaboration with Blackwell and Ruth, who have contributed over $5 million to non-profit organisations dedicated to social issues.

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Who Am I? A Peek-Through-Pages Book of Endangered Animals by Tim Flach

What can be done at home or in the classroom with this book?

Visual Literacy

How can pictures tell us more about an animal? Explore the focus on eyes in this picture book and why the animals have been photographed in this way.

Literacy

How are clues created? Explore how the clues have been written in this book and create some of your own.

Science & Sustainability

Explore the life cycles of these animals and how the destruction of their habitat effects this.

How can we reverse the damage caused to these animals? Explore what is being done now and what can be done.

How do we effect these animals? Are there things we do in our lives that effect how they survive?

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Tales from the inner city by Shaun Tan


We took the orca from the sea and put it in the sky. It was just so beautiful up there, so inspiring. But the calls of the mother never stopped.

Every story in this compilation will make you think about the world we live in and the relationships we have with animals.

You will come across animals we have forgotten, places that once were and never will be again, animals that live within our urban environments and others that want to live with us. You meet animals with agendas  – and will come away from each story wondering how much you really know about the animals that are part of this world.

Each story is accompanied with an illustration which adds more depth. Each story is filled with ideas rather than character or plot development but leaves you wondering – how did we get here?

These stories and poems can just be read for pure enjoyment and reflection but they can also be pondered upon – with the question – Is this really it?

This book is for older readers to enjoy and think about how animals can save us, and how our lives are forever entwined, for better or for worse.

So what can be done in the classroom?

Animals & Sustainability

Look at the table of contents and explore the way this has been created. Research how humans have and do interact between the animals and themselves. Draw similarities between the animal and human.

Compare and contrast the living habitats of animals who dwell in urban and rural areas. Are there benefits to either way of living

Explore the collective nouns for each of these animals.

Literacy

Explore flash fiction / microstory about a chosen animal after reading one in Tan’s novel (crocodile, butterfly, snails, shark, cat sheep, hippos, orca)  

Explore the famous short story by Ernest Hemingway

Why is this a good story?

Explore how picture books can tell a story in less than 500 words.

What do they need? What don’t they need?

Flash fiction does not have images – or perhaps only one – so you will need to tell more but still not as much as a short story.