- Age Range: 5 - 9 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: 550 (What's this?)
- Library Binding: 32 pages
- Publisher: Millbrook Pr (March 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 151242532X
- ISBN-13: 978-1512425321
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Meet My Family!: Animal Babies and Their Families Library Binding – March 1, 2018
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"Animal babies from around the world describe their families. This information-packed title not only describes varied family structures and child-rearing practices, it gives the proper names of the children for each of 23 species and, for nine, the word for 'mother' or 'father' rendered in the language appropriate to the animal's home. Appealing digital paintings show animals, usually a parent and offspring, in their usual habitat. Set directly on the image in thin but readable type is the animal child's statement: 'I'm in charge of all my meals' (white rhino calf); 'My dad gives piggybacks' (poison dart frog tadpole); 'I'm a super sister' (meerkat pup). The examples come from around the world; the parental behaviors represent the wide variety seen among humans. Often a spread will show contrasts: beavers live in one place, orangutans 'move around a bunch'; sharks look just like their parents, ladybugs are markedly different as larvae and pupae. For same-sex or adoptive families, the author offers one-of-a-kind or unusual examples: the male chinstrap penguin pair from a New York zoo; a dog named Guddi who adopted a monkey; female albatross parenting pairs in Hawaii. She concludes with a spread of diverse human families of varying and sometimes contrasting colors, ethnicities, and composition. Supported by helpful backmatter including a simple map, this will interest animal-fact lovers and primary classroom teachers alike."--Kirkus Reviews--Journal
"What would it be like to be an animal baby? With just the right dose of information and bright, sweetly imagined full-page scenes, this book introduces children to the fact that family compositions, appearances, life cycles, eating habits, behaviors, and modes of play all vary greatly among living beings. Some animals are given their own spread. Others are paired with another creature, such as the North American River Otter pup and the Green Sea Turtle hatchling, where contrasting characteristics are the uniting feature (in this instance, 'My family frolics in a group'/ 'I'm solo day and night.'). The text often references the language spoken in a given animal's region, with an accompanying glossary in the form of an easy-to-read chart in the back. The sheer splendor of life is subtly woven throughout the text and is also strikingly on display in the final illustration--a lineup of different types of human families. A breezy read to offer groups or for one-on-one lap sharing. In addition to the glossary, there is a listing of every animal included with a world map to aid curious children with finding specific locations. VERDICT A pleasing choice for young nonfiction enthusiasts that belongs on most elementary shelves."--School Library Journal--Journal
"'My parents both take care of me, ' chirps a fluffy tundra swan cygnet. On the opposite page, a raccoon kit curls up with his mom and says, 'I've never met my dad.' In bite-size paragraphs, baby animals discuss their families, often in ways that mimic human families. 'Someone else gave birth to me, ' says a baby rhesus macaque, while a harbor seal's mother works all day hunting for food. Nontraditional families are represented--in a nod to And Tango Makes Three (2005), a chinstrap penguin chick proudly announces, 'Two dads are what I've got!' There's some personification here, but this is less a scientific glance at the animal kingdom and more a celebration of all kinds of families. Many of the animals use non-English words to describe their parents: the South African white rhino grazes with his amai and baba, while the Laysan albatross nests with her two mkuahines, the Hawaiian term for mother. Muted digital illustrations offer a glimpse into a wide range of habitats, while a final spread shows several diverse human families."--Booklist
"In a tender celebration of family, more than 20 baby animals describe the ways the adults in their lives care for them. A baby beaver has lived in one home for all of its life, but an orangutan infant gets a new nest each night: 'I never know where I'll be, but I always know she'll be right beside me.' Coleman shows the animal families interacting in sunny, collage-like digital illustrations, emphasizing different habitats through variations in color and texture. Salas also makes some allusions to nontraditional human families: 'Two dads are what I've got!' says a penguin chick; 'I've never met my dad, ' states a raccoon kit. In a fitting conclusion, a final spread shows groupings of four human families, including single parents, a Muslim family, and two mothers with their children."--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 120 books for kids and teens, including Water Can Be..., A Leaf Can Be..., and Bookspeak! Poems about Books. Poetry and rhyming books are her favorite things to write, and she loves to combine poetry/verse with nonfiction. Laura loves to do school visits (in-person and Skype), writing workshops, and teacher inservices. Read more about Laura and her work at laurasalas.com.
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There are interesting differences among the behaviors: some fight for food with siblings like pigs; other stay with families for a long time, like beavers for two years; and all the 'ladies' in the elephant herd care for the young, no males allowed! Interesting diversity is shown with river otters, who play and stay all together. Everyone cares for the other, a big family, contrasted with the baby green sea turtle who from its hatching, must fend for itself, all alone.
Stephanie Fizer Coleman paints the families realistically in their colorful habitats, adding the names of each baby animal, like a rhino calf and a great white shark pup. And when appropriate, some other languages are used, like "mi madre" for "my mother" on the wood stork page and Mamàe and Papai on the page about the South American Titi monkey.
Additional information includes a glossary with the various terms used, the animal name, word for parents, pronunciation, meaning, with what language and region, a page with short pieces about where each animal lives, an author’s note and a list for further research.
Laura wants us to know that “we can be loved and cared for in many different ways.” It's nice to imagine reading this book to young children and having them draw and write about their own families. Thanks to Laura, we can do that!
One added thing to love: the back cover by Stephanie Fizer Coleman shows sweet portraits in picture frames of all the animals/ paralleling the front cover - so, so cute.
"Each family's different. Each family's just right."
My favorite page was near the end, where human children were pictured living with different types of families and these words: “Every family’s different-each family is just right! We live in every kind of family you can think of!”
Has a great concept that families can take all kinds of forms. In the beginning you can also see a little bit of the characters comparing family situations (the equivalent of an only child vs one with many siblings looking at each other; I appreciated that because my child has done that)
Beautifully done. Thinking I may get this for my child's classroom teacher. My only complaint: I wish the text's font was a little bigger/thicker (tired mom eyes). Sometimes was hard for eyes to track across the sentence or two of text on pages. Does keep the focus stay on the picture more than the text though.