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Title:
Animal babies in ponds and rivers
Author:
Schofield, Jennifer.
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Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Kingfisher, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
Summary:
A simple introduction to the baby and adult animals that live in ponds and rivers.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780753457900
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Ponds and rivers are home to an amazing variety of animal life including am-phibians, mammals, and water birds. Hippos, otters, ducks, and tree frogs are among the multitude of creatures covered here, both on top of and below the water.


Author Notes

Kingfisher is an award-winning publisher of non-fiction and fiction for children of all ages. Known around the world for its informative and engaging reference and early learning books, Kingfisher also receives widespread acclaim for its classic anthologies for five- to fourteen-year-olds and original picture books for very young children.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Reviewed with Jennifer Schofield's Animal Babies in Grasslands0 . PreS-K. These two Animal Babies titles showcase wildlife photography of a quality not often found in books for preschoolers. Covering seven animals from each featured habitat, the books pair portraits of the winsome baby animals with information styled as first-person commentary ("When I feel hungry, I plunge my head under water and look for food") and a question ("Who is my mommy?"). The next spread answers the question both verbally ("My mommy is a duck, and I am a duckling) and visually (a large image of mommy and baby together). Initially the question-and-answer setup feels a little forced, but kids will quickly get the idea; soon they'll be identifying the more exotic creatures (meerkats, capybaras) and shouting out the technical terms for the animals' young (cygnet, joey0 ). The curiously shifting type size is distracting, and at times the text is imprecise, but the captivating photos and child-friendly format make this a sound choice for an armchair trip to the zoo. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Four Animal Babies titles feature close-up photos of the different offspring in the wild along with a couple of clues, then ask the question, "Who is my mommy?" Turning the page, readers get the photographic answer as well as a bit of information about the lives and habits of the creatures shown. One example in Animal Babies in Polar Lands shows a close-up with this clue "I have flippers instead of legs. They help me swim very quickly in cold water" a flip of the page reveals a seal. The other titles: Animal Babies in Rain Forests; Animal Babies in Grasslands; and Animal Babies in Ponds and Rivers. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-In each volume, Schofield introduces seven animals from a particular habitat. The text accompanying a close-up photo of a baby animal gives clues to its identity and poses the question, "Who is my mommy?" The next spread reveals the answer and shows an equally engaging photo of mother and baby. Although most children won't be able to identify creatures such as an albatross (Polar), capybaras (Ponds), or tarsiers (Rain Forests) the first time through, they will be able to answer the question on rereading. The striking photographs will engage young browsers and are definitely the books' strongest feature. Among the volumes' puzzling aspects are random variations in the type size with no discernible pattern. Even more inexplicable is the use of a red-eyed tree frog in Ponds. These tropical frogs are definitely photogenic, but because they spend most of their lives well above the water, their inclusion is somewhat misleading. The other two books are serviceable additions.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.