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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: AD500L (What's this?)
  • Series: ZooBorns
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442412720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442412729
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is an adorable collection of photographs of various baby animals -- from tigers to hyenas, aardvarks and fennec foxes. The minimal text that accompanies each photo is nice, giving the animals' name (in most cases) and their species (very cool for kids - or adults - interested in animals as some of the creatures herein are not those typically focused on).

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm not really a fuzzy, cute, baby animal kind of guy. Or so I thought. We bought this book to read for our first child, who is not due until December. But I can tell you that comparing it with all the other kids books we've received, I would MUCH rather read this book 10 times each week than anything else. The pictures are fantastic, the text is witty and educational, and I'm sure our baby is going to love it. There is a blog too ([...]) with lots of other great stuff, and an adult book - ZooBorns - that we just ordered.

Great to stimulate a baby's senses, teach everyone a little about animals, and give parents an enjoyable read!
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If you haven't seen one before (this is the third main ZooBorns volume--one is all cats), you may be wondering if these books are for kids or adults! These are mini coffee table books, and, since they often talk about difficult breeding/conservation efforts, they aren't for kids (although they do have a title that's for children).

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.
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Books with big pictures of young wild animals are not just for children!
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.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is filled with excellent photos of cute youngsters from zoos around the world - each with its species, name, home zoo, birth-date, and vulnerability status listed. The cover and first photo is that of a year-old polar bear in Denmark. 'Siku' ('sea ice' in Eskimo/Inuit languages) has been hand raised almost since birth because his mother could not produce enough milk. Next comes the Lesser Mouse Deer (neither mouse nor deer,), dingoes (relatively rare in the wild due to cross-breeding with gods), a lemur, a numbat (termite eater), meerkats, Brazilian tapir, etc.

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 -
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