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Wild Babies Hardcover – March 11, 2003
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-A descriptive sentence accompanies each of a dozen richly detailed, realistic paintings introducing a variety of young mammals and birds native to a North American forest. Kiss's illustrations are more than a visual feast-careful perusal will show not only grasses, flowers, trees, and other (unannounced) wildlife (a butterfly, for example) but also a preview of the next creature from its name spelled in grass stems or cracks in the bark of a tree. Even more clues are offered: the glimpse of an ear, a tail, a leg. Appended to this pretty conceit are informational notes about each featured animal and clues to help locate the hidden names and creatures. An additional listing provides the terms for male, female, and young of each species, and its collective noun. Libraries that own Seymour Simon's handsome Wild Babies (HarperCollins, 1997), Kathy Darling's attractive Rain Forest Babies (1996) and Desert Babies (1997, both Walker), or even Stephen Swinburne's cuddly Safe, Warm, and Snug (Harcourt, 1999) should still make room on their shelves for this attractive title.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
K-Gr. 3. Exceptionally lifelike wildlife paintings will draw young nature lovers to this attractive book, which features 12 animals in their natural habitat. Each animal is shown in a spread comprising a single-page, full-color scene of amazing clarity and detail; opposite is a black-and-white drawing of the animal set against a stark white background. The spare text is placed below the drawing and describes the scene in short, captionlike sentences: "A fawn takes a nap in sun-dappled shadows." Obviously, there isn't a lot of information in the text, although there are a few facts about each animal at the end, along with encouragement to involve youngsters in hunting for hidden words and animals in each scene. The final page lists correct nomenclature for each animal: a raccoon baby, for example, is known as a kit; a male as a boar; a female as a sow; and a group as a nursery. Not the best resource for reports, but a high-quality book well worth purchasing. Lauren Peterson
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