Animal Helpers: Wildlife Rehabilitators
Like humans, animals can get sick or hurt. People see doctors. Pets have veterinarians. What happens to wild animals when they are injured, become ill, or are orphaned? Often, wildlife rehabilitators are called to their rescue. This photographic journal takes readers “behind the scenes” at four different wildlife rehabilitation centers. Fall in love with these animals as they are nursed back to health and released back to the wild when possible. This is the first of a photographic series introducing the different ways and the many people who care for a wide variety of animals.

Written by Jennifer Keats Curtis

32 pg, 10 X 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3
Lexile: AD 890, AR: 3.6, RC: 4.7, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781607186717 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607186724 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628554229 $9.95  
EBook 9781607186755 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551471 $6.95  
Keywords:   helping animals, wildlife rehabilitators, backyard animals, environmental education, jobs, human impact on animals, Animal Helpers Series
Animals in the book:   skunk, owl, oppossum, raccoon, catbird, mourning dove, deer, bobcat, rabbit, osprey, bald eagle, squirrel
Vetters:   Thanks to wildlife rehabilitators and volunteers Victoria Campbell of the Wild Things Sanctuary (NY), Kim Johnson of Drift Inn Wildlife Sanctuary (TX), Miriam Moyer and Mary Birney of White Flicker Wild Bird Rehabilitation Clinic (PA), Kathy Woods of Phoenix Wildlife Center (MD), and Randy Loftus of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office (MD) for sharing their expertise and for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

Other books in this "Animal Helpers Series" include:

"Appealing close-up photos of wild animal orphans being fed and doctored by specially trained people show how injured or abandoned creatures can thrive with extra intervention. The goal is to reintroduce them into the wild once they are physically fit. Large photos without busy backgrounds and limited text target younger audiences. Appended activities include more detailed information about caring for injured wildlife."
Horn Book Guide

To the joy of classroom teachers, homeschooling parents, and other adults instructing children in wildlife ecology and management, “For Creative Minds” will provide practical applications for the material in the book. An “Injured Animal True or False” has 25 questions for edification, as does a page querying real abandonment or just a parent away temporarily that gives pointers for making informed decisions. Even more resources are offered at the publisher’s website, providing a tidy framework for an interdisciplinary study unit. With those appealing photos and an easy text, this book is sure to be popular, even without the additional lure of classroom/home applications.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (December 2012)
School Library Journal

"Caring for an orphaned animal is a milestone in every child’s life. This friendly book describes the specific needs of birds, raccoons, fawns, squirrels, bobcats, osprey, and owls who all rely on professional rehabilitators. Large-format color photographs make readers feel like they’re in the middle of the action. Ages four to eight..." (December 2012)
Foreword Reviews

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. She is the author of more than a dozen books about wildlife rescue, animal care in captivity, and citizen science.In addition to After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary, The Lucky Litter: Wolf Pups Rescued from Wildfire, the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl’s Rescue, Kali’s Story (Children’s Choice Book Award 2015), Salamander Season, Primate School, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Arbordale, some of Jennifer’s other recent titles include Seahorses, Squirrel Rescue and Trudy the Tree Frog. She lives in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets. Visit her website at


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