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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054773851X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547738512
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-Another winner from this talented creative team. Jenkins's trademark cut-paper collages are up to their usual standard, which is to say they are outstanding, as he captures 23 different newborns on their first day of life. Some of the animals are familiar, such as giraffes and penguins, while others are more exotic, such as a sifaka, a muntjac, and a blue wildebeest. A few simple, clearly written sentences describe the wide variety of things that these youngsters can or cannot do upon entering the world. Children should find the information intriguing as they learn about capybaras that can swim and dive when only a few hours old and how mother zebras memorize the pattern of stripes on their babies so they can recognize them among the thousands of others in the herd. The striking depictions of mother and child set against full-bleed colored backgrounds or clean white space should make for many return readings. Additional information on each animal is included in the back matter. A first purchase for most libraries.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

What happens on the very first day of different animals’ lives? Jenkins and Page depict 23 different animals (including a leatherback turtle, a giraffe, an emperor penguin, a polar bear, and a parent bug), each of whom narrates, in one or two sentences, what it could or could not do on day one. Some spreads contrast animals, such as the kiwi, who is self-sufficient from birth, and the Siberian tiger cub, who can’t even open its eyes. Occasionally a baby animal is given a full double-page spread, as with the wood duck, who jumps out of the nest on one page and paddles after its mother on the next. The vibrant colors of the cut-paper collages give this book a verve that fills the space of the spare narrations. A glossary at book’s end gives more information on each animal, so readers who are amazed, for example, that a mother zebra spends the first hour of her baby’s life memorizing the baby’s unique striped patterns, can find out more. Fun and very educational. Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Fletcher

More About the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated thirty picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eyepopping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children. To learn more about Steve and his books, visit www.stevejenkinsbooks.com.

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My 3 year old twins love it.
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I think that it a good book that with grow along with him.
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I think any parent or child would enjoy this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Wentworth on May 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This sweet book shares the first day of life from the point of view of the animals included in it. Not just your typical North American animals but animals from around the world, one per page with great pictures similar to Eric Carle style. My kids and I particularly liked the zebra page which shares that the mother zebra memorizes the unique stripe pattern of her particular baby in order to recognize it in the herd! My kids range in age from 8 to 2 and all
love this book. The end of the book has more information on each animal which my 6 and 8 year old really appreciated.
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By joyfulgirl68 on December 30, 2013
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I bought this for my four and a half year old daughter who loves animals. She begged me for it! It's adorable, with beautiful illustrations. It tells what various animals are able to do on the first day they are born. I would definitely recommend this book and give it as a gift. It's now one of my favorite books! You won't regret buying this book.
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By Charlena Thornton on August 15, 2013
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my three yo loves this book! It details the first day of several animals. My only complaint is that it includes some animals with non-typical birth events for their genus (i.e. frogs who store tadpoles in their throats until developed). Sorry - it's the geeky biologist in me.
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By Ancona on July 9, 2013
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This book is precious. My 3 year old twins love it. I would give it as a gift and recommend to all.
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