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Safe, warm, and snug
Swinburne, Stephen R.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Describes how a variety of animals, including kangaroos cockroaches, and pythons, protect their unhatched eggs and young offspring from predators.
General Note:
"Gulliver books."
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 47516.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 1 Quiz: 28664 Guided reading level: J.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Orchard Park Library QL762 .S84 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library QL762 .S84 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Parent animals protect their babies from predators and the elements in lots of unusual ways. This delightful rhyming picture book explores some of the unique behaviors that creatures from kangaroos to cockroaches, emperor penguins to Surinam toads, use to keep their offspring safe, warm, and snug. Vivid illustrations by award-winning illustrators Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey enhance the humor in every poem.

Author Notes

STEPHEN SWINBURNE is the author of numerous children's books about nature. A lifelong naturalist, he lives in South Londonderry, Vermont.

JOSE ARUEGO and ARIANE DEWEY together have illustrated more than sixty children's books. They both live in New York City.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. Swinburne's informative verses combine with Aruego and Dewey's delightful artwork to explain how a variety of animals protect their young. The creatures range from cichlids (whose mothers carry them in their mouths) to emperor penguins (whose fathers incubate eggs on top of their webbed feet) to Surinam toads (who develop from egg to tadpole to toad inside cups of skin on their mothers' backs). For each species Swinburne provides two rhymed couplets that describe the animals' behaviors. Colorful double-page spreads portray each animal and its young in a natural setting. Appended with notes offering additional details for each species, this will be useful for primary science units and story hours. --Kay Weisman

Publisher's Weekly Review

"This jaunty rhyming book explains how animal parents keep their young from getting eaten. Cheerfully light verse delivers the facts and bright cartoon artwork strikes a chipper note," said PW. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3Eleven different animal species are shown here, all keeping their babies or eggs safe in a variety of ingenious and wonderful ways. Insect, mammal, reptile, bird, and marsupial all exhibit protective behaviors. The cichlid hides her young in her mouth when danger threatens, the Surinam toad hatches eggs in holes on its back, tumblebugs hide their eggs in balls of dung, etc. Not all of the animal parents are motherstwo fathers, Emperor penguin and sea horse, demonstrate that careful parenting is not gender specific. The text consists of simple rhymes about each animal; more straightforward information is given in the back of the book, where descriptive paragraphs explain the nesting, egg-laying, or other behaviors of the creatures mentioned. The brightly colored, humorous, and distinctive illustrations turn what might otherwise be simply an interesting beginning science book into a celebration of the animal world. While younger children may be puzzled by the killdeer whose pretense of being wounded in order to distract a predator is better explained in the endnotes than in the text, and by the cichlid, who appears to be eating her babies, the book provides the simple reassurance that parents are protectors.Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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