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Children's LiteratureFor those readers who may feel a little "funny" about the whole idea of relationships between males and females (even those outside our species), fear not. Some animals think that fighting and urinating in public are perfectly acceptable ways of attracting and winning mates, rather than being rude and unacceptable acts. Male honeybees explode and die after they mate with a queen. Earthworms, snails and slugs are both male and female at the same time. This introduction to the animal mating process is tastefully written, factual without being clinical, humorous and engaging without being farcical. Some of the animals discussed in this slim yet very comprehensive book are red-sided garter snakes, orangutans, harbor seals and osprey. Gorgeous watercolor illustrations that depict the beauty of members of the animal kingdom and their environment without being artificial fill the pages. This book would make an excellent addition to a school or home library, or a gift for any nature-loving child. The author is a natural science writer who lives in Nova Scotia. Highly recommended. 2004, Kids Can Press, Ages 7 to 11.
—Cindy L. Carolan