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What’s The Eleven-Year-Old reading this week?

Summer is in full force here at Caterpickles Central, and someone’s reading list this week reflects it. See if you can figure out The Eleven-Year-Old’s summer goals from the books stacked on her desk.

How to Be a Wildflower by Katie Daisy

What How to Be a Wildflower is about 

Artist Katie Daisy’s field guide to nature, How to be a Wildflower, encourages readers to get outside and into nature. Recipes, a place to press flowers, meditations, and tidbits from natural history share space with Daisy’s own paintings.

There’s plenty to ponder, wander through, and savor about life outside, and Daisy’s How to be a Wildflower provides a road map for doing it.

Why The Eleven-Year-Old likes it

“It’s a very fun read full of tips on getting out and into nature more. Great for summer.”

How to Keep Dinosaurs by Robert Mash

What How to Keep Dinosaurs is about 

When she hasn’t been outside looking for flowers to press between the pages of How to be a Wildflower, The Eleven-Year-Old has been tucked up on the couch learning everything she can about the care and feeding of dinosaurs.

How to Keep Dinosaurs by Robert Mash is a treasure trove of dinosaur care facts. Feeding, breeding, housing, availability, weight, territory, and size are all covered, of course.

The Eleven-Year-Old, however, appears much more interested in a dinosaur’s ability to adapt to domestic life. Which breeds get along with children? Which breeds eat them? Exactly how large of a shovel do you need to clean up after your velociraptor? Your T. Rex?

Which dinosaurs adapt well to life in an average household, which are better suited for zoos, and which really should remain free and in the wild? There’s even a section for the aspiring dinosaur farmer on keeping dinosaurs for their meat and eggs.

Why The Eleven-Year-Old likes it

“It’s a hilarious take on what might happen if dinosaurs coexisted with modern humans.”

Uh-huh. Sure. I’m certain our cat has nothing to worry about.

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