Children of the Divine Order
Animal magic gives the wielder the ability to command, talk to, and manipulate a variety of animals. Some of the children can only deal with one type of animal, while others can do so with any type.
Animal magic is best at overcoming obstacles. Animal magic wielders with diverse command over animals can call on elephants, rhinos, or other large animals to break down barriers. Or maybe you need an elk, deer, or horse to carry you over an obstacle. Or maybe just a mouse to trip a lever.
Create an Advantage
Animal magic is not particularly good at creating advantages, however swarms of biting/stinging insects or flocks of birds can be useful at causing problems for the wielders enemies.
Animal magic is not well suited to being an attack, the best that can be done is to have a commanded animal attack for you.
Animal magic is not suited to being used as a defense.