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Children's LiteratureThis beginning reader pairs manatee facts, such as "Before I was born, I grew in my mom's tummy" or "My mom weighs a thousand pounds," with parallel questions directed to the reader—"Did you grow in your mom's tummy, too?" and "Does your mom weigh a thousand pounds, too?" The compare and contrast conceit works well to help children see the differences and similarities between manatee life and human life and reinforces new reading vocabulary as the child reads the information and then the question. Serious scientists might question the anthropomorphism of "I love my mom," but it is certainly a nice lead-in to the question, "Do you love your mom, too?" New readers will be thrilled to be able to read a "big" word like manatee, and will enjoy the question and answer frame. Better readers will make their way through the added information in the back matter. Teachers and parents can make use of the tips for discussion to engage students further. 2006, Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing, Ages 5 to 7.