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Close to You: How Animals Bond

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Parents and their young have unique ways of bonding, especially in the animal kingdom. A baby kangaroo nestles in its mother's pouch, while a mama alligator carries her baby gently in her mouth. Polar bears cuddle, and penguin parents take turns warming their chicks in the Antarctic winter. Just like people, animals kiss, rub noses, and snuggle.

Through endearing pictures and a lyrical text, Kimiko Kajikawa explores the parent-child bonds of ...

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Overview

Parents and their young have unique ways of bonding, especially in the animal kingdom. A baby kangaroo nestles in its mother's pouch, while a mama alligator carries her baby gently in her mouth. Polar bears cuddle, and penguin parents take turns warming their chicks in the Antarctic winter. Just like people, animals kiss, rub noses, and snuggle.

Through endearing pictures and a lyrical text, Kimiko Kajikawa explores the parent-child bonds of animals large and small.

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Editorial Reviews

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Every toddler knows the pleasures of bonding with mommy and daddy. This endearing children's book shows them that animal parents and babies share that same impulse, although they sometimes show it in different, funny ways. A splendid snuggle-up-in-bed read.
From the Publisher
"Kajikawa captures animals both wild and domestic asleep in their natural habitats. . . . Thoughtfully conveived, attractively executed . . . this book goes beyond standard bedtime fare."

Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
How do parents and their young bond in the animal kingdom? This picture book demonstrates that, just like humans, animals kiss, cuddle, and rub noses to give protection and show affection. The short, simple sentences in the text are illustrated with engaging full-color photos of animal parents interacting with their youngsters, including dolphins, alligators, kangaroos, elephants, porcupines, and more. The examples from the wild kingdom are, in the end, balanced with a few photos of grownup people and children "sharing and caring" in their natural environments. A good read-aloud in its own right, the book includes some nice additional (and educational) back matter: charts and paragraphs filled with more facts about feature animal species with a particularly strong focus on animal babyhood; animal web sites of general interest; and follow-up questions for post-reading discussion with children about the concept of "caring." A good choice for home, library, or classroom bookshelf! Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- This tender title about the bonding between baby and adult animals gets some punch from additional facts appended at the end. The body of the book has a brief rhyming text, notable for its precise and engaging verbs: "Giraffes/pucker up, sniff, and lick./Dolphins/whistle, clack, and click." Two manatees "caress against wrinkly skin." Human children and their elders kiss, rub noses, hug, and give roses. Large, heartwarming stock photos of animal families clearly illustrate each verse. A close-up of a baby alligator resting peacefully between its mother's jaws neatly breaks up the flow of mammals. The end matter includes a more detailed description of the relationship between each of the critters and its parents, and an indication of whether the species is threatened or endangered. In some cases slight anthropomorphism attributes "liking" and "enjoying" to the animals' behaviors, but the information seems carefully selected to be understandable and interesting to young children. Discussion questions (e.g., "How do you show your parents that you care?") and a chart of relevant numerical data on each animal round out the added material. Sizable enough for group sharing and also a comforting lap read, this is a book that will encourage children's curiosity.-Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805081237
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

KIMIKO KAJIKAWA is the author of several award-winning books for young readers, including Sweet Dreams: How Animals Sleep. A high-school librarian, she lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

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