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ZooBorns!: Zoo Babies from Around the World Hardcover – October 19, 2010
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PreS-Gr 3–This charming book about baby animals born in captivity features full-page color photographs. The simple text introduces each newborn. For example, “They call me Radar Ears, and I'm a fennec fox. My big ears help me hear yummy insects crawling across the sand. Listen! Did you hear that?” An interesting and unique variety of animals is represented, including an ocelot, an anteater, a spotted hyena, a mongoose, and 13 others. At the back of the book there's a corresponding silhouette for each baby that tells its name, species, zoo location, and conservation status, accompanied by a paragraph that gives interesting facts about the animal. 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.Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA
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"If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then these stunning photographs starring precious animal tykes may be priceless. The range of real-life infants featured is extraordinary in its breadth, covering such unusual zoo or aquarium residents as the crowned sifaka and the tawny frogmouth. The captivating, clear photographs pose every cub, kit and so on at its most adorable."--Kirkus Reviews
"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
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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 great way to introduce the idea of conservation in a positive way.