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By Kathryn O. Galbraith
John Butler, illustrator
Inside Jacket: Where is baby? Under the table? Behind the chair? In the hallway? Babies can be found in all kinds of places. Baby wolves dash into their dens. Baby prairie dogs pop down in their holes. And baby leopards scramble up high in the trees. But no matter where they are, babies never need to worry. Mama knows just where to find them.
Opening: Where is baby? Beneath the blanket? Under the table? Behind the chair? In the hallway? Up the stairs? Some babies are found in unusual places. Baby deer disappear in dappled spring sunlight.
About the Book: Where is Baby? Baby can be just about anywhere. Which kind of baby are you looking for? Baby leopards, called cubs, climb high into trees. Baby elephants, called calves, walk behind the legs of the other elephants, barely seen. Baby bats, called pups, hang with the other hundreds of bats in a dark cave. Wherever baby is, moms know where to find them. This nonfiction picture book is about all types of babies and where they hide. Including the human baby, called baby, that can hide in many places, including under a blanket, waiting for a game of hide-n-seek with Mom.
What I Thought: Where is Baby is a cute picture book. The book has twelve animals and shows where each hides. I love the different animals and the illustrations of them in their hiding places. They are all so cute . . . okay, maybe not the baby bat (personal preference). The illustrations have a soft feel to them. Each spread looks done in pastels with a matte finish. John Butler has illustrated more than 60 children’s books, all of them wildlife.
Toddlers who are beginning to understand what babies are will enjoy this book of twelve, including the human baby. Many of these animals, if not all, will be new to children. There is also a dog and cat in the human baby spreads, but the author does not say where those two animals hide. I am sure kids will ask about them once they realize those two animals are in the picture. It can be a good test of observation skills and interest in the subject.
I also like the information added at the end of the book. Each animal’s baby name, along with a couple of facts about each baby birth is included after the initial story. For example, baby deer can stand within ten minutes after their birth and baby river otters are afraid of the water until about three months when they will teach themselves how to swim.
I like all the information and think young children will find it fascinating. Where is Baby is a good book for youngsters as they become more curious about the world around them. It also helps children understand that other animals start out as babies, too. Asian elephants can weigh up to 12,000 pounds yet are only about 250 pounds at birth. Take a child to a zoo and chances are they will see an adult elephant but not a baby, called a calf. Visually, I think children will like looking at each spread, which will give kids many questions, so be ready mom and dad.
Released October 1, 2013
Age 2 ro 6
© 2013 by Peachtree Publishers, used with permission
Text copyright © 2013 by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Illustrations copyright © 2013 by John Butler
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Where is Baby?