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Children's LiteratureMake way for the baby announcements with this fun-filled riddle book about baby animals. Simple, informative baby announcements perch on every right hand page. Readers and listeners are invited to guess which baby animal is being described before they turn the page to see the answer. The illustrations partly hidden behind the colorful announcements give clues as to the identity of the baby described. So do the names of the announcing parents. Simple animal facts are naturally included in the announcements. The facts offer the readers and listeners information, such as a baby owl weighs about two ounces, and a baby lion weighs about 250 pounds, or a baby seahorse is about one-half inch long. This type of information is offered without being didactic. Full-color, soft toned illustrations complement the text. A special section called "For Creative Minds" includes more facts and an animal numbers game. The book's last page presents a creative writing page that allows youngsters to write their own baby announcement. It is the perfect way to end this book. 2006, Sylvan Dell, Ages 4 to 8.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury