Quality nonfiction texts appropriate for grade one are needed, and this book meets that need. It is one in the "Baby Animal" series and serves as a photo essay of Puck, a Caribbean flamingo chick. In the first seven months of life, text and photos portray Puck from an egg on a nest to a flamingo with an adult coat of feathers. The text is simple and, thankfully, no anthropomorphism is evident. An interesting fact is the "crop milk" the mother brings up from her stomach into her bill to drip into Puck's mouth. Excellent photos tell the story; photo captions are the book's text. Although there is no table of contents, there are three chapters, in keeping with an early chapter book. An afterword offers "More about Flamingos," "More about Wild Animal Parks" and a timeline of the events in Puck's life, from Mother flamingo laying the egg to seven months after hatching. Flamingo footprints featured on all pages throughout the book lend a nice touch. 2002, Carolrhoda Books, $21.27 and $6.95. Ages 5 to 7. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-These books follow three animals that live on nature preserves from birth to independence. Each page includes a few sentences of large-print type about the featured animal's life and development and a full-color photo. Puck, a Caribbean flamingo living at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL, has parents that take turns watching over him until he is about seven months of age. Sidney, an orphaned harbor seal, is rescued by Seal Watch at about three weeks of age, and finds a new home at a sea-mammal center until she is ready to be returned to the wild. Finally, Kipper begins life in his mother's pouch not much bigger than a kidney bean. During the next 13 months, he learns to hop, climbing in and out of his mother's pouch, and napping in the hot sun at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia. Students writing reports may need to supplement these selections with other titles, as there is not a lot of detail concerning habits and habitats. Overall, though, the books are attractive and will enhance science collections.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.