Like People

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Children will delight in seeing how animal families are just like their own. Baby animals have moms and dads who help them to grow up and take care of themselves—just like people. Animal moms and dads hug their children, and when the children play together, the parents always keep them from danger. Animal babies learn a lot by watching their parents closely, imitating them, and practicing a lot. In this gentle picture book, young readers will learn about the special ways that animal parents take care of their ...

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Overview

Children will delight in seeing how animal families are just like their own. Baby animals have moms and dads who help them to grow up and take care of themselves—just like people. Animal moms and dads hug their children, and when the children play together, the parents always keep them from danger. Animal babies learn a lot by watching their parents closely, imitating them, and practicing a lot. In this gentle picture book, young readers will learn about the special ways that animal parents take care of their young.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The Schuberts (Where's My Monkey?) return to the animal world, this time focusing on the bonds between parent and child that cut across all species. Taking advantage of the large trim size, full-bleed watercolors and even small panels brim with details that construct an irresistible if imaginary animal kingdom: among many exchanges on the opening spread, a baby elephant befriends the bear cubs reclining in their mother's lap; baby crocodiles perched atop their mother's toothy jaws check out a mother lioness while monkeys play overhead and owls observe the scene, in broad daylight. Diversity, however, is exactly the Schuberts' point: all kinds of animals have babies, "just like people." From there the husband-and-wife team survey a wide range of parenting styles ("Mother sea horse... doesn't do much after she has laid her eggs in Father's pouch") and explore differences in life-cycle stages ("Kangaroo and platypus babies are not much bigger than a bean!"). But always they return to the key idea: like those at the top of the food chain, animals have unique families that do everything possible to protect and care for their little ones. The prose is warm and soothing, but the art, packed with quasirealistic, playful animals, will have readers fully alert and poring over the pages. Ages 2-6. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature
The Schuberts call attention to how the behavior of animal parents all over the world resembles that of human parents. Animals also need two parents, although the roles of each parent differ from creature to creature. Some fathers take some responsibility, but most of the time the main job is done by mothers, alone or in a group. Animal babies are born more or less helpless. They receive different kinds of food and different training as they grow. Then they leave to start their own families, in many ways just “like people.” Visualizing this natural history in double-page, naturalistic watercolors, the Schuberts project a benign world with sets of loving animals. Comprehensive scenes alternate with specific close-ups of individual animals or small groups. There are no scenes of hunting violence. The final scene of singing mice, while perhaps not realistic, is appealing. Otherwise, there is a wealth of factual information in this simple narrative. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- An informative book about behaviors shared by animals and humans. The delightful, colorful illustrations reveal adult creatures teaching, feeding, protecting, and playing with their offspring. Charming and intricately detailed, the pictures have a "Peaceable Kingdom" quality, showing bears, elephants, owls, monkeys, tigers, and possums existing together in harmony. The wide array of animals includes those that live in snowy regions, deserts, and underwater. The descriptive text discusses the sizes and abilities of a variety of babies at birth, how they're fed, how they bathe, who takes on the responsibility of raising them, and what happens when an infant is orphaned. Though the text is somewhat anthropomorphic-"One animal searches for another to love"-and the illustrations often depict the animals smiling, children will enjoy learning about the similarities shared by animals and people. This appealing title offers the valuable lesson that all living creatures have much in common.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590785768
  • Publisher: Lemniscaat USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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