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Hey, daddy! : animal fathers and their babies
Batten, Mary.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta : Peachtree, 2002.
Physical Description:
29 unnumbered pages ; 25 x 28 cm
Introduces the important roles that some animal fathers play in the development of their offspring, with examples of specific kinds of birds, mammals, and other creatures that thrive under a father's care.
Reading Level:
AD 720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.4 0.5 61256.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.9 2 Quiz: 34264 Guided reading level: NR.
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QL762 .B38 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL762 .B38 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction STEM
QL762 .B38 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL762 .B38 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An excellent introduction to the varied and remarkable ways animal fathers care for their young.

In the vast animal kingdom, mommies are often solely responsible for the birth and upbringing of their young. But daddies can, and do, help in a variety of surprising ways. In this new natural science book for children, award-winning writer Mary Batten offers a fascinating and entertaining look at paternal behavior in the animal world.

From birds and amphibians to small mammals and primates, numerous examples of males caring for their young are presented in accurate and clear language. Among the featured fathers are the blue jay, the marmoset and the beaver, who share parenting responsibilities with the mother, as well as several animal daddies (such as the seahorse, the penguin, and Darwin's frog) that perform more extraordinary roles. Finally, the human father is singled out for devoting the most time of all to raising his young until they can survive on their own. Factual information on animal development and behavior is provided throughout the text.

Higgins Bond's realistic and detailed illustrations accurately depict the animal families in their natural habitats, and warmly bring to life the animal daddies interacting with their babies.

Author Notes

MARY BATTEN, an award-winning writer for television, film and publishing, is the author of Aliens from Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems, Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies, and Who Has a Belly Button?, as well as many other titles.

HIGGINS BOND received a BFA from the Memphis College of Art. She has illustrated several books for children, including A Place for Butterflies, Who Has a Belly Button? and Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. Batten introduces a variety of animal species in which the male parent assists in child rearing. She describes mostly birds and mammals, such as the Emperor penguin; Darwin's frog, which carries his babies in his mouth; the giant water bug, which incubates eggs on his back; and the seahorse, which carries babies in his pouch. Bond's acrylic paintings, mostly double-page spreads, exhibit a rich color palate and almost photographic detail. The use of the terms mommy and daddy seems a little informal for a nonfiction book and may preclude the book's use with slightly older readers, but this still offers a good deal of information in an attractive format and will be a welcome addition to most libraries. Kay Weisman.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Feathered, aquatic, and primate animals-all are highlighted in this book about the role a father plays in his offspring's life. Unfortunately, the repetitive use of the word "daddy" becomes tiresome and distracting, and several accounts may leave children with questions. After reading about the mallee fowl, for example, they may want to know how long the father tends the nest once the eggs have been laid. Sometimes this information is included, e.g., "The daddy [Darwin's frog] guards the eggs for ten to twenty days.-[then] he snaps them up with his tongue and slips them into his vocal sac, where they stay for about fifty-two days." On many pages, however, readers are given vague facts. Bond's realistic watercolor paintings nicely reflect the text, and do an excellent job of showing a loving relationship between the animal dads and their young against a backdrop that shows their natural habitat. Although this is a lovely book to look at, readers may want to supplement it with Russell Freedman's Animal Fathers (Holiday, 1976; o.p.).-Cathie Bashaw Morton, Somers Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.