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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
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, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 6
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: Buy them all. They will make good reading for my kids for several years to come.
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