Close-up illustrations of animal feet are paired with the title question, “Who has these feet?” A page turn reveals the entire animal in its natural habitat. Many young readers will gleefully guess or know the answer already, but there are some tricky ones, making the format an especially useful one for preschoolers and early-elementary children. Readers learn not only to whom the feet belong but how the various feet help the animal survive in its environment. A duck’s webbed feet serve it well underwater, helping it swim fast, while a tree frog’s sticky toes prevent it from falling off rain forest leaves. From the snowy Arctic to the desolate desert, these animals and their funky feet come from all corners of the Earth, giving readers beginning lessons in zoology, ecology and geography (though it's too bad there's no map to extend the learning). The text and concept are refreshingly simple, while still educating and entertaining. The richly colored and realistic watercolor illustrations depict child-friendly beasts without anthropomorphizing them. A gatefold at the conclusion brings all the animals together, and a checkerboard of heads and feet on its flaps is a ready-made matching game.
Young animal fans will find much to enjoy and are sure to ask for multiple readings. (Informational picture book. 3-7)