Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents
Learn about twenty-six baby mammals’ first days of life—from polar bear cubs, born “tiny, blind, and nearly hairless,” to plains zebra colts, able to run from predators hours after birth. Further information about the animals in the book. Glossary. Sources. Web-site recommendations. Full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Mar 2015
Awards & Honors
Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2014, Nonfiction Children’s Books
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
This charming picture book presents more than 20 baby animals and their parents. Each spread begins with a simple statement, such as “The baby needs to move,” “The baby needs protection,” or “The baby is part of a family,” followed by another spread that indicates how different animals [STARRED REVIEW]
This charming picture book presents more than 20 baby animals and their parents. Each spread begins with a simple statement, such as “The baby needs to move,” “The baby needs protection,” or “The baby is part of a family,” followed by another spread that indicates how different animals accomplish this task (for instance, “The baby is hungry” is paired with descriptions of grizzly cubs nursing and wolf pups consuming meat regurgitated by adult wolves). The simple and clear language will keep readers engaged and their interest piqued. Rendered in pencil and watercolor, the illustrations depict these animals so tenderly that readers may forget that these are wild creatures. Back matter includes a short paragraph about each animal and a compilation of excellent websites that feature some captivating photographs of mammals. This title will surely be popular in the library as a beginning research tool, but some may find it quite appropriate as bedtime reading, too.—Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX
10" x 10"
Level 5.7; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.2; Points: 2;