Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden

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     Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden is a delightful glimpse into the real lives of baby chipmunks featuring more than 80 beautiful photographs and an educational, fun narrative. The second book in this multi-award winning series, continues the adventures of Chippy, the author’s resident chipmunk, who we met in Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden. Chippy has found a mate and started a family. This book captures humorous and intimate moments of baby chipmunks interacting in the author's...

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Overview

     Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden is a delightful glimpse into the real lives of baby chipmunks featuring more than 80 beautiful photographs and an educational, fun narrative. The second book in this multi-award winning series, continues the adventures of Chippy, the author’s resident chipmunk, who we met in Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden. Chippy has found a mate and started a family. This book captures humorous and intimate moments of baby chipmunks interacting in the author's garden and finding their way in the world. Since chipmunks quickly disperse within a few weeks of emerging from the burrow, author/photographer Kathy Miller provides rare moments in a natural habitat most people never see. Interesting facts about chipmunks are included in the back of the book that enhance learning, expand vocabulary and raise a child’s curiosity.

     Miller’s unique approach and style narrow the growing gap between children and nature. This high quality, enlightening book weaves together the best of visual and language arts, science, photography and narrative.

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Miller's sharp, close-range photographs of a chipmunk family and other backyard animals are the mainstay of this sequel to Chippy Chipmunk: Parties in the Garden. Chippy's mate, Lily, leads her six-week-old chipmunk babies into the garden, where "they huddled together and gazed at their new world with wonder and curiosity." Endearing images of the interactions among the siblings are front and center as they investigate their new world and nuzzle nose-to-nose. Miller stretches the story to accommodate pictures of other creatures: the chipmunks listen to the songs of an array of brightly colored birds, and a squirrel warns them about predators such as eagles, owls, and a cat (which is seen gazing out at Chippy from indoors). There are some overly precious moments, including a game of hide-and-seek among the chipmunks, but they don't detract much from this innocuous, if discursive, story of backyard exploration. Information about chipmunks (and about Chippy and Lily's four babies) appears on the endpapers. Ages 4–up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984089314
  • Publisher: Celtic Sunrise
  • Publication date: 10/21/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 779,157
  • Age range: 4 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy M. Miller, teacher, cellist, and award-winning nature photographer, is the author of the multi-award-winning photo-essay children's book, Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden (2009, Celtic Sunrise). Beyond her book, her photographic credits include appearances in various newspapers and magazines, multiple brochure covers, the Hawk Mountain News, and the 2009 Schuylkill County Visitors Guide. One of her photos graced the cover of the Yuengling Brewery Cookbook, while ten were published in the book Rescuing Wildlife (2009, Stackpole). Her engaging and interactive multimedia nature program about backyard nature has been a popular presentation in many libraries and schools across North America. It includes tips on photography as well as a hands-on burrow-building simulation. She is a regular speaker at various reading and Library Association conferences. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada.
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  • Posted January 31, 2012

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    A Mom¿s Choice Awards Recipient!

    Chippy Chipmunk is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Must have for nature lovers

    Loved the original Chippy Chipmunk and this book surpasses for pure enjoyment. I am an elementary librarian and my students are in love with Chippy.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    This book is adorable...

    Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite

    Kathy M. Miller has captured the personalities and the lives of adorable chipmunks in her book, Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden. Miller took pictures of four baby chipmunks, fondly named Rosalie, Roosevelt, Rachel and Benjamin, after they were brought to her yard by their mother. She then created a story to go along with the pictures describing the chipmunks' exploration of their world and the other creatures they encounter. The chipmunks play together in their new environment, learn dangers that may lurk and learn to work together. Miller shares facts and interesting tidbits at the end of the book that are very educational for the reader, child and adult alike!

    This book is adorable and filled with beautiful photographs. Everyone will enjoy looking at the photographs, and the story is well done. This is a great book to use with children to expose them to nature and chipmunks in particular. It can also be used to teach other various lessons, such as discussing the dangers the chipmunks encountered and those that children may encounter, as well as the benefits of working together with others. This book is the second in a series; Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden is the first book. I would love to see more books added to this series and even other books that are similarly written and complied about other creatures!

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  • Posted November 10, 2011

    delightful picture story about chipmunks

    Have you seen Disney cartoons with Chip and Dale? Do you know what kind of animal they are? If you answered chipmunks, you¿re right! Author and photographer Kathy M. Miller introduced a real live chipmunk named Chippy who lives in her garden in the first book of this series, Chippy Chipmunk: Parties in the Garden, which won fifteen national awards. In Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden, Chippy and his mate Lily have four babies: Rosalie, named for conservationist Rosalie Edge; Roosevelt, named for President Theodore Roosevelt; Rachel, named after author Rachel Carson; and Benjamin, named after Benjamin Franklin. As they grow, the babies learn about the flowers, the butterflies, the birds, and the other animals, including predators. So what will Chippy do to protect his family when Chester the cat sees the little chipmunks playing? Kathy said that when a mother chipmunk brought her babies to the front window, as if to show them off, she knew that a sequel to her first book was in order to continue the educational and humorous adventures of Chippy. With over eighty photographs which reveal interesting details and expressions not normally visible to the naked eye, the book focuses on the four little chipmunks as they discover both the joys and the dangers of the world about them. It also has a couple of pages in the back which share fun facts about chipmunks and other animals mentioned in the book. You may already know that play is a way for animals to practice their survival skills. Did you know that chipmunk babies disperse to live independently when they are eight weeks old? Children always enjoy reading and learning about animals, so they will love this delightful story about Chippy and his little ones.

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