What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim?
Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse "pinky" to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, Born in the Wild is an awww-inspiring look at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they're born in the wild, they're not so very different from us, after all
This non-fiction picture book by Lita Judge is sure to appeal to budding naturalists and animal lovers.
Grades K-3. This attractive large-format book features 26 species of baby mammals and their families. Each of the nine four-page thematic sections opens with a double-page spread featuring a large single illustration and a statement such as, “The baby needs to be caressed and groomed.” On the second spread of that section, three pictures show a cougar mother licking her cub’s head, a chimpanzee mother cuddling her infant, and an elephant mother, aunt, and grandmother reaching out their trunks to touch a newborn calf. A short paragraph comments on the illustration, while four appended pages offer additional information on each species and its young. The writing is informative, and the illustrations are appealing. In addition, many of these beautifully drawn pictures capture the feeling of an animal’s form, motion, and presence. A few illustrations lean toward the cartoonish or anthropomorphic, particularly when the animals appear to be smiling, but most of the artwork is excellent. A visually captivating volume on animal families.