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Animal Dads Hardcover – April 28, 1997

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (April 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395836212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395836217
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By on January 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the finest non-fiction children's books of 1997. Sneed Collard and Steve Jenkins have combined to create an inspiring and magical book - one that will stimulate discussions in living rooms and classrooms alike. The text is lively and the illustrations are awesome. Teachers will find this to be a wonderful addition to any science or social studies unit - it is a book that will be read and admired for many years. Parents will discover a plethora of opportunities to share the wonders of nature with their children via this book. In short, this book represents the best in children's literature today!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KBN on May 23, 2004
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Though mommy-love books abound, it's rare and welcome to find a book which shows nurturing, caregiving images of fathers. This is a beautiful book, full of gorgeous illustrations and father's love. It's perfect for a new family or a classroom. -- (from a new mom and elementary science teacher)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Portland_2009 on August 25, 2010
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I got this for my husband for his first father's day. The artwork is cute and the book discusses how different animal dads help to raise their young. This will be a great book for him to read to our son.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 12, 2012
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Dads are important. This book shows a variety of species and how the dads in that species contribute to the baby's well-being.
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