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Author: Lorena Siminovich

Illustrator: Lorena Siminovich

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2014

Material: board book

Summary: This unique board book actually has two books inside: a larger book and a smaller book that is cut out of the lower left quarter of the book. The story is told by turning both sets of pages simultaneously, with the larger section showing a mother animal and the smaller section showing the corresponding baby animal. The story focuses on the baby animals' actions, the names of the baby animals, and the sounds that they make. This is part of a board book series that introduces young listeners to animals in different environments.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 1 to 4

Age of Child: Read with an 11-month-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter really enjoyed this book. While I read the story and turned the big pages, she turned the corresponding small pages.

Adult Reader Reaction: I really enjoyed this book because it is so unique. I have never before seen a board book that is cut in to two separate books like this. I was not surprised that my daughter found this book so engaging. It really captured her attention because it is so unusual-looking and because she enjoyed turning one set of pages as I turned the other.

Pros: This unique board book has lovely illustrations - and is plenty durable for the little hands that want to help you turn the page.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a great book to own because it is likely to be one that a child would choose to read again and again. It will grow with your child, too. For example, babies and young toddlers will enjoy reading the book from front to back; older toddlers and preschoolers would likely enjoy trying to match each baby animal with its mama.


Educational Themes: This is all about animals. It teaches the names of baby animals (for example, that a baby bird is called a hatchling).

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2015

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