If You Were My Baby: A Wildlife Lullaby

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Here is a unique blend of love song and non-fiction - celebrating the care that exists between the parents and offspring of many species. Baby mountain goat is guided up high cliffs. Baby beaver learns to build well. Baby bat is held in mother's protective embrace, upside-down. And your baby will learn to delight in nature's wonders. A "sweet dream bedtime" book for nature lovers of all generations!

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Overview

Here is a unique blend of love song and non-fiction - celebrating the care that exists between the parents and offspring of many species. Baby mountain goat is guided up high cliffs. Baby beaver learns to build well. Baby bat is held in mother's protective embrace, upside-down. And your baby will learn to delight in nature's wonders. A "sweet dream bedtime" book for nature lovers of all generations!

Winner of a Mom's Choice Awards -- 2008 Gold Recipient!

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Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
This enchanting board book based on the original picture book is half lullaby, half nature lesson. Hodgkins effectively intertwines a soothing rhythm that begins with the phrase, "if you were my baby…" with facts about the parent/offspring relationship in many animal species. Hodgkins's lullaby does a nice job explaining how animal parents help their babies take their first steps toward independence, while at the same time reassuring youngsters that the parent is also close at hand. Hodgkins ends the book with the human narrator kissing his child goodnight and explaining how he will also allow his child to become independent—but first he will tuck him in. Laura Bryant's crisp, color-saturated illustrations include detailed close-ups of the animals in their natural environments—otters in a kelp bed, bison on a prairie, and bats on a tree limb, for example. The book's language is descriptive enough to make it a compelling read aloud (or lullaby), but is easy enough for emerging readers to try on their own, as well.
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Meet the Author

Fran Hodgkins

Fran Hodgkins is the author of The Orphan Seal, winner of the Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, presented by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This is Fran Hodgkins's first Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book. She lives in Maryland.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

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    If You Were My Baby: A Wildlife Lullaby is a recipient of the pr

    If You Were My Baby: A Wildlife Lullaby 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, New York Times best-selling Author and; 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 June 8, 2009

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    a book that celebrates the love of family

    If you were a mother animal, what would you say to your baby? In this "Sharing Nature With Children Book" from Dawn Publications, author Fran Hodgkins combines a gentle love song with factual information to describe what animal parents do with their little ones. Squirrels nest. Otters play in the sea. Bears emerge in spring from winter's hibernation. Possum babies ride on their mother's back. Deer walk through the grass. Ducks paddle in the pond. Bison explore the prairie. Wolves howl. Foxes run. Beavers build dams. Skunks have to learn patience to give others fair warning. Mountain goats climb cliffs. Bats fly through the night. But what do human mamas do?
    What a wonderful bedtime story for parents to read to their children! Not only does it help to stimulate a young child's interest in nature, but it also uses the care that exists between the parents and offspring of many species to illustrate and extol the love of mothers and fathers for their children. If You Were My Baby has won several awards, including the Mom's Choice Award Honoring Excellence. And any book that celebrates the love of family in such a cute and cuddly way is a winner with me too.

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