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ZooBorns!: Zoo Babies from Around the World Hardcover – October 19, 2010
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"The engaging up-close-and-personal photos will draw children into the book, and the text and extras provide good factual material to satisfy curious readers."--School Library Journal
"Agonizingly adorable photographs of newborn animals steal the spotlight in this introduction to a baby fox, hyena, tiger, mongoose, and more.."--Publishers Weekly
"Cutest Book Ever!"--Wired.com
"Animal Babies Make Conservation Cute." (The Seattle Times)
"ZooBorns pulls off the difficult task of being cute and interesting for people of all ages while also being informative. Many books seek this lofty goal but most fail."--Seattle Post Intelligencer
Top Customer Reviews
The photographs are quite good and almost more "portrait-esque" while still focusing on the specific creatureality (a term coined by the fabulous animal adventurer Kratt Brothers, Chris and Martin, tv series "Kratts Creatures" and "Be the Creature" - highly highly highly recommended! Though, for a slightly older audience than this book's target age range).
I didn't read all of the back matter, but it does go into each animal with a little more detail, both on the species and the individual animal (where it's from, where it's currently residing, etc.)
All in all a very cute book and a visual delight!!
***REGARDING THE OTHER ZOOBORN BOOK***
Please be aware that this book contains many - most - of the same pictures/animals in the other ZooBorns book (with the fennec fox on the cover). I almost purchased this book thinking it was the same set up as the "fox" book but with a different collection of animals and pictures. Instead, where the other book is smaller and with a wider variety of text and pictures, this book is larger and definitely more "kid focused" in text and structure. Both are great, but be aware that the pictures are going to be similar. Though, you will get more pictures in the other book.
Great to stimulate a baby's senses, teach everyone a little about animals, and give parents an enjoyable read!
I love showing ZOOBORNS THE NEXT GENERATION to my adult, intelligent, often very sophisticated friends, and watching their faces as they begin to flip through the book, just to be polite. Gradually, they slow down, as they begin to take in the marvelous quality of the photos of new-born wild animals, the charm of the animals themselves, and the very soft sell of a responsible approach
to the conservation of these vulnerable species. Their faces tell it all--going from mild polite interest, to smiles as they take in the
sheer beauty and joy these new-born animals radiate as they begin to explore, to laughter at the vitality of these precious animals at play. Please do yourself the favor of buying this book for yourself, and when you can finally let go of it to show it to your friends, do yourself the favor of watching their faces as they go from polite interest to smiles to laughter and joy. It happens every time.
If you like shows like _Too Cute_ on Animal Planet, but would love to see something more than typical kittens and puppies, you'll probably love this book. Animals may be photographed and profiled in as little as one page, or up to a spread of a few pages. The book is a quick read--I recommend limiting yourself to two or three little critters per day, or you may get cuteness overload--and get through the book far too quickly!
My favorites in this volume are Siku (Polar Bear), Kasi (cheetah), Yawan (Matschie's tree kangaroo) and the baby capybara, among others.
I marked this volume down one star because one of the little critters changes genders mid-biography, and there's another major typo. It's not perfect--but it's nearly so, and it's definitely worth reading.
The only thing I would change in this series is that I would love to see an inset photo of what the animals look like when they're mature adults, at least for the more unusual of animals that most of us can't readily picture. It would add to the educational value of the book to see what the animals will eventually mature into.
A young pygmy hippo rated several pages, as did a pair of Sumatran tiger cubs being hand raised, a wombat, two giant otters, a honey badger (follows the honey guide bird to beehives, then opens the hive and shares some of the spoils), a cheetah (paired with a Labrador retriever play-pal for its lifetime), Arctic foxes, Przewalski's Horse (native to Mongolia, never domesticated), and a few monkeys.
Overall interesting -
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love these pictures. Who doesn't live Zoo Borns? So adorable and interesting.Published 21 months ago by Haley Burke
My 1.5 year old daughter loves these books so much that I bought all of them. But even she notices that some of the photos are recycled.Published on September 8, 2014 by C. Tuck
Paid a decent price for this, but it arrived early in perfect condition, and was well worth it.Published on August 9, 2014 by Doris
I love the ZooBorns! There is nothing cuter than baby animals, plus hearing about Zoos helping to stop the extinction of many species!Published on August 8, 2014 by J.S. Doll
Don't let the pastel lettering fool you. This is a wonderful book whether you share it with a special child or just relax and enjoy it by yourself. Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by Joy of Reading
I had hoped for more, but for small children it would be a good diversion. I will likely give mine to a kid.Published on June 27, 2014 by Richard L. Barlow