In addition to being used for food and clothing, animals have served man as pets and companions, helper animals, and scavengers. We meet Karla’s chinchilla, yellow-naped parrot, capuchin monkey, North American opossum, and llama.
With the help of large and small “creature teachers,” Karla discusses, with a group of children, man’s age- old relationship with animals. She introduces Dusty, a chinchilla–an animal long valued for its fur. She explains to her young audience how some animals, such as llamas, have become valued as pets and companions.
She explains to her young audience how some animals, such as llamas, have become valued as pets and companions to man.
The children also meet Mickey, a capuchin monkey. These intelligent primates are sometimes trained to be “helper” animals for disabled people.
Opie, a North American opossum, was rescued as a baby from his dead mother’s pouch. Although often regarded with dislike or distaste, opossums are important as scavengers.
This series was designed to acquaint young people with the characteristics, behaviors, and habitats of many diverse animals. In most of the programs, members of the audience are invited to touch, hold, and gently interact with the animals. Recommended by Booklist “for young animal enthusiasts and classroom audiences,” the series emphasizes respect for the animals and their habitats.