Faces Only a Mother Could Love [NOOK Book]


A close-up look at sixteen of the world's most unusual animals and their babies details the behavior and habitat of such creatures as the tiny tarsier, the manatee, the Hawaiian tree snail, and the giant anteater.

Describes the interesting faces of fifteen baby animals and gives some brief facts about their behavior. Includes tarsier, manatee, and hognose snake.

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A close-up look at sixteen of the world's most unusual animals and their babies details the behavior and habitat of such creatures as the tiny tarsier, the manatee, the Hawaiian tree snail, and the giant anteater.

Describes the interesting faces of fifteen baby animals and gives some brief facts about their behavior. Includes tarsier, manatee, and hognose snake.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
You've got the cutest little baby-face! So say all the mothers to their offspring in this book about faces. Of all the insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals in this book, one of the strangest baby faces is the three-horned, swivel-eyed chameleon. But a human baby face probably looks pretty strange to a chameleon! Some, like the young sphinx moth caterpillar, disguise their face by wearing a scary mask on their tail. Unfortunately, some of these odd-looking babies are so cute (in their own special way) you might disagree with the title... that their faces are ones only a mother could love. Warm, softly colored, and beautifully detailed pencil drawings give a close-up look at these unusual baby faces.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Dewey examines 16 mother and child relationships within the animal kingdom, including humans. The animals selected vary inexplicably from very specific (Jackson's chameleon) to very general (frogs). The lifeless writing is hardly more than a series of facts about each creature loosely strung together. Wording is often misleading. Sometimes, the information is plainly incorrect: "The face visible on the brown sphinx moth caterpillar is a pretend face. The real face is at the other end of the caterpillar's body." In fact, both faces are visible (one has to look a little closer to see the real one). But more importantly, both are at the same end of the caterpillar. The colored-pencil illustrations are flat as well, often contradicting the text. Readers are told that a baby rhino does not have a horn, yet both the large and small rhinos depicted are horned. Most of the drawings are of an adult female and her offspring. However, the entry for the sphinx moth caterpillar shows a juvenile form but not an adult moth while the entry for the paper wasp neglects the larvae but shows the adult wasp, albeit with a few eggs. Indeed, the text states that some animals like the frog and hognose snake will never see their babies, leaving one wondering about the whole premise of the book.Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY
Susan Dove Lempke
Dewey uses the lumpy, bumpy, and crinkly faces of baby animals to show that babies are not necessarily beautiful. Her colored-pencil illustrations catch each baby looking, if not beautiful, at least comical or lovable. Dewey has purposefully chosen animals rarely found in picture books--among them, sloths, hognose snakes, and giant anteaters--and gives brief information about the care of each as it comes into the world. She concludes with a picture of a human mother and baby, reinforcing the idea that humans are part of the animal world. Although this is a good introduction to some of nature's more unusual creatures, its use may be limited because it's too long for story time and too short for reports.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623343873
  • Publisher: Seymour Science
  • Publication date: 11/26/2012
  • Sold by: Seymour Science
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Jennifer Owings Dewey is a writer and illustrator of many critically acclaimed natural history books for children and adults, including the award winning Clem, the Story of a Raven, Spiders near and Far, Antarctic Journal, Four Months at the Bottom of the World, Paisano the Roadrunner, and Minik's Story, a novel for middle grade readers about a young Inuit girl living in the 19th Century and encountering white people for the first time. Her audience for most of her work in nonfiction is the child reader between the ages of seven and ten.
Jennifer has written three autobiographical novels set in New Mexico, where she
was raised. These novels are considered suitable for young adult readers.
Jennifer's titles reflect her interest in science and the natural world. While she is not a trained scientist she has personally researched all of her titles to ensure accuracy.
Among the honors Jennifer has received is the National Science Teachers Association award for an outstanding body of work in the field of non-fiction for children. For Rattlesnake Dance she received the Spur award. For Wildlife Rescue, the story of a veterinarian known for her extraordinary work with injured wildlife, she received the Orbis Pictus Award given by the National Association of English Teachers.
While awards are wonderful and rewarding to receive, Jennifer expresses that much of the pleasure she experiences as a writer and illustrator comes from doing the research and turning this effort into words and images on paper.
At present she is working on a true story of being lost on a desert in southern New Mexico, the Jornada del Muerto, or Journey of Death. This story will be suitable for both children and adults.
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