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Baby Mountain Sheep

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It is spring in the mountains of Alaska, and a female Dall's sheep is born on the high cliffs, sheltered from predators and the worst of the blowing snow. The lamb has a weak leg, but her heart is strong, and she scrambles over the cliffs after her mother and seeks out the company of other lambs that have also settled in the mountain meadow. Over the short summer months, the lamb will need experience in running up the cliffs when grizzlies and other predators make their way to the meadow. Only then will she be ...

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Overview

It is spring in the mountains of Alaska, and a female Dall's sheep is born on the high cliffs, sheltered from predators and the worst of the blowing snow. The lamb has a weak leg, but her heart is strong, and she scrambles over the cliffs after her mother and seeks out the company of other lambs that have also settled in the mountain meadow. Over the short summer months, the lamb will need experience in running up the cliffs when grizzlies and other predators make their way to the meadow. Only then will she be safe from harm as she continues to grow to adulthood in the cold months ahead.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rachel Miller
The author and photographer begin with a letter to the reader explaining their journey and the source of their fascination with this animal. A page at the beginning also sets the stage for what is going to be seen and read about the Dall's Mountain Sheep. This prepares the reader for things they may see throughout the book. Dall's sheep are found in the high mountains, where there is generally snow throughout the entire year. The white coat of the sheep blends in with the snow to help them avoid being eaten. The male can tell when a female is ready to mate by smelling her. The ram will leave the ewe and allow her to raise the lamb by herself. She goes to the high steep mountains to have her little lamb. The lamb plays with other lambs before, eventually, going off on her own. Each detail of the journey is described so that the reader remains interested in the facts. There are explanations for everything about the sheep in this factual tour de force. The end of the book includes additional facts that were not worked into the storyline of the little lamb. The text is thorough and interesting, while the vivid pictures depict the subject matter appropriately. Any curriculum about habitats or animals would benefit from this factual story. This is a part of the "Nature Babies" series. Reviewer: Rachel Miller
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3- Billed on the back cover as "for the next generation of naturalists," this title follows the first year of life for a young Dall's sheep born in the Alaskan mountains. The husband-and-wife team documents the trials and tribulations of a particular lamb born with a weak leg. Written with a storylike tone and style, the simple yet informative details of the Dall sheep's life are presented in a warm voice sure to please youngsters. An index and "Did You Know?" section conclude the book, with additional facts regarding life span, average size, migration patterns, and diet of the Dall's sheep. The page about mating ("The big ram smells the ewe often. When the ewe is ready to make a baby she has a special smell. That's when the father and mother join together...") is low-key and naturalistic, but may generate questions. Overall, a fine presentation.-Cathie Bashaw Morton, Millbrook Central School District, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554550425
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Series: Nature Babies Series
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 1,015,342
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 7.33 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Aubrey Lang has been a science writer and wildlife photographer for the past 25 years and a freelance writer for more than fifteen years.

Wayne Lynch began work as a full-time science writer and photographer in 1979. Today he is the author of numerous award-winning books and television documentaries, one of Canada's best-known and most widely published photographers, and a popular guest lecturer. His books include Wild Birds Across the Prairies, Mountain Bears, A is for Arctic, and Penguins of the World. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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Table of Contents

Before You Begin     4
A Cold Dark Winter     7
The Big Ram     8
Let's Fight     10
Ready for a Baby     12
Frozen Food     14
Birth Day     16
Following Mom     18
Pestering Mom     20
Making Friends     22
Getting Tubby     24
Too Busy for Mom     26
Meet the Neighbors     28
A Close Call     30
Winter's Coming     32
Did You Know?     34
Index     35
Biographies     36
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