Animal Dads

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This whimsical and intriguing picture book ex-plores the different roles of fatherhood in the animal kingdom. Readers will learn about the various animal dads and their many different, unique parenting skills. "As animal fathers have been overshadowed by the numerous books featuring animal mothers, this unique selection helps balance the science shelves for young children." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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Overview

This whimsical and intriguing picture book ex-plores the different roles of fatherhood in the animal kingdom. Readers will learn about the various animal dads and their many different, unique parenting skills. "As animal fathers have been overshadowed by the numerous books featuring animal mothers, this unique selection helps balance the science shelves for young children." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Illustrations and simple text describe how the males of different species help take care of their young.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
This eye-catching book is a celebration of all the things human and animal dads do: building homes, playing, watching out for strangers, baby-sitting, housecleaning and even-in the case of the seahorse and pipefish-giving birth (here the animal world leaves human males in the dust). Collard (Do They Scare You? Creepy Creatures) associates the work of human fathers and animal ones through concurrent streams of text: each spread includes a simple statement of what dads do-e.g., "[Dads] shelter us from harm"-and a fine-print explanation of the pictured animal dad's actions: a cichlid fish "shelters" his babies by letting them swim into his mouth. Likewise, the line "And help us find our voice" is accompanied by a meadowlark teaching his son to sing. Jenkins's (Duck's Breath and Mouse Pie: A Collection of Animal Superstitions) handsome cut-paper collages include inspired choices of texture: fibrous papers suggest, alternately, fur, grass, bark, scales and sand. He uses deftly cut shapes and strong, remarkably varied colors: one underwater scene of a swimming salmon dad fairly glows, as if the rice-paper rocks were catching light filtered through water. While one page acknowledges that "Some dads go away," the bulk of the book is a tribute to those guys who "do things for us that we never even know"-a timely sentiment with Father's Day around the corner.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This eye-catching book is a celebration of all the things human and animal dads do: building homes, playing, watching out for strangers, baby-sitting, housecleaning and evenin the case of the seahorse and pipefishgiving birth (here the animal world leaves human males in the dust). Collard (Do They Scare You? Creepy Creatures) associates the work of human fathers and animal ones through concurrent streams of text: each spread includes a simple statement of what dads doe.g., "[Dads] shelter us from harm"and a fine-print explanation of the pictured animal dad's actions: a cichlid fish "shelters" his babies by letting them swim into his mouth. Likewise, the line "And help us find our voice" is accompanied by a meadowlark teaching his son to sing. Jenkins's (Duck's Breath and Mouse Pie: A Collection of Animal Superstitions) handsome cut-paper collages include inspired choices of texture: fibrous papers suggest, alternately, fur, grass, bark, scales and sand. He uses deftly cut shapes and strong, remarkably varied colors: one underwater scene of a swimming salmon dad fairly glows, as if the rice-paper rocks were catching light filtered through water. While one page acknowledges that "Some dads go away," the bulk of the book is a tribute to those guys who "do things for us that we never even know"a timely sentiment with Father's Day around the corner. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Animal Dads takes a refreshing look at the natural world with fathers cast in the caregiver role. Fish, birds, and mammals demonstrate a wide array of parenting skills as the male of the species protects, feeds, and teaches. Each father and his offspring are presented on a single or double-page spread, illustrated with striking, cut-paper collage figures. The large, lifelike creatures are set against backgrounds that are true to each animal's natural habitat. Representing rivers, woods, grasslands, treetops, and desert burrows, the backdrops make for an interesting and varied layout. There are two levels of text; a simple explanatory sentence in large print and more detailed information about the behavior of each animal father in small print make this book appropriate for different age groups. Mentioned briefly are dads that do not participate in the rearing of their young. As animal fathers have been overshadowed by the numerous books featuring animal mothers, this unique selection helps balance the science shelves for young children.Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
This striking picture book celebrates the many ways male animals function in their family units: Every page combines one line—narrated by the offspring—with a vividly colored, textured paper collage of an animal father and child, and an additional paragraph of information. Layered, crinkled, subtly shaded, fibrous, and shadowed shapes give a three-dimensional quality to the appealing portraits. Some sentences are immediately clear and can stand alone, e.g., "They build us homes to live in"; others are vague, e.g., "And just tidy us up" is the sentence fragment that appears on the gorillas' spread, making the paragraph of explanation mandatory. The animals are diverse: tamarins, poison arrow frogs, desert isopods, lions, stickleback fish, emperor penguin, etc. The statements are often profound, e.g., the meadowlark "help[s] us find our voice," and, in the case of the gopher tortoise, "some dads go away."
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"As animal fathers have been overshadowed by the numerous books featuring animal mothers, this unique selection helps balance the science shelves for young children." School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395836217
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.

Sneed B. Collard III has written more than fifty books for young people. In 2006, he received the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for his body of work. He lives with his family in Montana.To learn more about Sneed B. Collard III, visit www.sneedbcollardiii.com.

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