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Publisher: Windward Publishing, an Imprint of Finney Company,
Summary: Each book in this series follows an animal or pair of animals through having babies (or hatching eggs) and the first year of raising their young. This is a picture book series about animal families.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 5 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 3½ and 4½ year old children.
Young Reader Reaction: Both kids loved them (although the 3 year old couldn’t always sit still through the end). The three of us have played being timber wolves, river otters, and turtles for days now.
Adult Reader Reaction: I thoroughly enjoyed reading the books to my kids. We read the whole series over several days time, and I was a little surprised that they enjoyed it so much and kept asking for more. But I am getting a little tired of being Mama Timber wolf.
Pros: The series covers a lot of animals such as otters and wolves that get little coverage otherwise. I learned a lot from the books, and the kids loved them.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. These are picture books to introduce children to woodland animals.
Educational Themes: Each book discusses the lifestyles of various animals, in a very informative and age appropriate way. They are great launching pads for pretend play.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book series, animals, nature
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2005, August 2009
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