Children's Literature - Diane Carver SekeresHow are animals and people alike when it comes to how families work? This informational book begins by likening the differences in animal families to differences in human families. The book ends by asking questions about how a child experiences family, likening their experiences to those of animals. In between, the book uses photographs and sometimes tongue-in-cheek text to describe interesting aspects of the interactions between animals and their babies. The book is divided into several short chapters, with a table of contents and a picture glossary. The pages are attractively laid out with several photographs appearing on a page, interspersed with text. The book's humor gently reminds the reader that animals don't really have families the way that people do, but that point may not be easily grasped by a child reader. This book may perpetuate confusion about the differences between animal and human behavior, especially with regard to the interactions between adult animals and their young. Reviewer: Diane Carver Sekeres, Ph.D.
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