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PreSchool-Grade 2. Animal Dads takes a refreshing look at the natural world with fathers cast in the caregiver role. Fish, birds, and mammals demonstrate a wide array of parenting skills as the male of the species protects, feeds, and teaches. Each father and his offspring are presented on a single or double-page spread, illustrated with striking, cut-paper collage figures. The large, lifelike creatures are set against backgrounds that are true to each animal's natural habitat. Representing rivers, woods, grasslands, treetops, and desert burrows, the backdrops make for an interesting and varied layout. There are two levels of text; a simple explanatory sentence in large print and more detailed information about the behavior of each animal father in small print make this book appropriate for different age groups. Mentioned briefly are dads that do not participate in the rearing of their young. As animal fathers have been overshadowed by the numerous books featuring animal mothers, this unique selection helps balance the science shelves for young children.?Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
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Ages 4^-7. This attractive book presents the many roles that fathers play in the animal kingdom, leaving it to children and parents to draw analogies to their own families. Short phrases in large type serve as text for reading aloud to young children, and, for each phrase, a paragraph of more detailed information appears. This methods offers background material for adults to draw on or to read aloud to kids who want to hear more. Beautifully crafted, paper-collage artwork appears on every page. Jenkins, who wrote and illustrated Big and Little (1995) and Biggest, Strongest, Fastest (1996), creates a series of well-composed full-page and double-page pictures that make this a particularly striking-looking science book for young children. Carolyn Phelan
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