ABC ZooBorns!

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“ABC” means “Animal Baby Cuteness” in this darling alphabet book from the creators of ZooBorns.com.

Calling all animal enthusiasts—the ZooBorns are back! It’s time to scamper through the alphabet with a herd of irresistible zoo babies. Featuring adorable animal photos, zippy text, and a fact-filled glossary, this just might be the cutest ABC book ever to hit the shelves!

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Overview

“ABC” means “Animal Baby Cuteness” in this darling alphabet book from the creators of ZooBorns.com.

Calling all animal enthusiasts—the ZooBorns are back! It’s time to scamper through the alphabet with a herd of irresistible zoo babies. Featuring adorable animal photos, zippy text, and a fact-filled glossary, this just might be the cutest ABC book ever to hit the shelves!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bleiman and Eastland introduce a new group of criminally cute baby zoo animals for each letter of the alphabet in a companion to 2010’s ZooBorns. Crisp, closeup photographs feature cheetahs, flamingos, marmosets, and sloths, among others, while lighthearted prose emphasizes the animals’ unique characteristics: “I is for impala. Our long legs are perfect for leaping. Let’s go for a run!” Extra points for a solid X entry: “X is for X-ray tetra. Attention, science students—my see-through body is very revealing.” Endnotes explore each animal in greater detail. Ages 2–up. (July)
From the Publisher
“If looking for cuteness, pick this one.”

Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2012

“Bleiman and Eastland introduce a new group of criminally cute baby zoo animals for each letter of the alphabet in a companion to 2010’s ZooBorns. Crisp, closeup photographs feature cheetahs, flamingos, marmosets, and sloths, among others, while lighthearted prose emphasizes the animals’ unique characteristics.”

Publishers Weekly, May 14, 2012

“All of these animal babies are extremely cuddly and appear in a full-color photo, one to a page…. The introduction explains that the book’s purpose is to teach the alphabet, but, more importantly, to show the need to study animals in zoos in order to understand them in the wild and to develop ways to protect endangered species…. The photographs are wonderful, the color and simple phrases fun.”

School Library Journal, September 2012

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
ABC ZooBorns! is a rarity, a successful transplant from picture book to board book. The transformation is helped by the large type which seems tailor-made for its reduction to the 8x8-inch-square board format. The dual authorship covers Bleiman, the concept man—who serves on the Auxiliary Boards of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo and Aquarium—and Eastland—photographer, classical portraitist, and poet—who presumably is responsible for some of the photos, or at least the selection included in this book. The reduced version also comes complete with a prefatory letter from Paul Boyle, Ph.D., of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, testifying to the importance of learning one's ABCs, and studying baby animals, too. As for the main content, the text might not always rhyme, but who can resist the cuddle factor of baby critters? Yet from Anteater to Yak, the selection is unusual, even bordering on the bizarre. C'mon, only a mother could love that baby Wombat. And how about that Dhole? Still, the book should be an amusement for child and parent/caretaker alike—and if it whets your interest, more board books are available from the same team. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS—All of these animal babies are extremely cuddly and appear in a full-color photo, one to a page, with the uppercase letter, a one- or two-line descriptive phrase, and a small image showing its basic shape. Some of the animals are shown with parents, some are held by what appears to be zoo staff, and some are on their own. A spread at the end of the book gives the conservation status of each one, its species, a short description, and the location of the zoo in which it resides. The introduction explains that the book's purpose is to teach the alphabet, but, more importantly, to show the need to study animals in zoos in order to understand them in the wild and to develop ways to protect endangered species. Not all of the animals are endangered, as explained on the back pages. Aside from the cuteness factor, and the simple ABC format, the book's usefulness is limited. It is mostly a browsing item for parents to share with young children. The photographs are wonderful, the color and simple phrases fun, but there is little actual information that would point children toward conservation facts.—Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
With shelves full of ABC books and animal-baby books, is there room for another one that combines the two? The ZooBorn brand by Bleiman and Eastland presents 26 baby animals that will have children keening to their parents, "Can I have one?" Similar to their title ZooBorns (2010), each page has an adorable close-up photograph of a baby animal from Anteater to "ZOOBORNS!" Lions and giraffes, vicuñas and dholes appear in between, among others. The graphic image of each capital letter includes a silhouette of the adult animal, along with a quote from the baby about its young life. The baby panda, lying flat like a rug, says, "Phew…I'm flat-out pooped from playing with my panda pals." This is more about ramping up cuteness than actually providing information on the species represented, and the language is at odds with the ABC format. While the panda example has the appropriate phonetic reinforcement, others do not. The hardest words to read will be the animal names; nyala (a type of antelope) and Ural owl may trip up adult readers as well as children. The endnotes include conservation-status information with a short description on the specific animal and its zoo home. But that is just dressing on simply adorable infants. If looking for cuteness, pick this one. For alphabet learning, try something else. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442473768
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Series: ZooBorns Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,385,018
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Bleiman is a lifelong animal nerd who serves on the Auxiliary Boards of the Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He also runs Zooillogix.com, a bizarre zoology news blog on the ScienceBlogs Network (a division of Seed Media). In his day job he develops new media strategy for the Bradford Group.

Chris Eastland is a classically trained artist and photographer who studied and taught at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Chris was formerly the Photography Editor for Quest Magazine.

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