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The Cutest Critter
     

The Cutest Critter

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by Marion Dane Bauer, Stan Tekiela (Photographer)
 

Baby critters are soft and cuddly, but which is the cutest? Award-winning author Marion Dane Bauer poses this question, leading readers on a heartwarming journey to find The Cutest Critter. Stan Tekiela's adorable photographs provide plenty of choices, but by story's end there is just one answer. Stan and Marion's other collaborations both won Mom's Choice Awards.

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Baby critters are soft and cuddly, but which is the cutest? Award-winning author Marion Dane Bauer poses this question, leading readers on a heartwarming journey to find The Cutest Critter. Stan Tekiela's adorable photographs provide plenty of choices, but by story's end there is just one answer. Stan and Marion's other collaborations both won Mom's Choice Awards. The Cutest Critter is sure to become another family favorite. Share it with someone you love, and introduce them to the wonders of nature.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The creators of Some Babies Are Wild set out to answer the question, “Who's the cutest critter in the land?” Crisp, endearing photos of baby animals, most at close range, prove that there is keen competition for that title. A fawn stands on wobbly legs, a pair of raccoons tussle in a garbage can, two lynx kittens curl up together, and a wolf pup stands on its hind legs, seeming to plant a kiss on its parent's face. Bauer's simple, rhymed text ratchets up the cuteness; unfortunately, the lightening of the woodland backgrounds behind the text (presumably for enhanced legibility) is distracting, and the clumsy digital addition of certain plants and animals detracts from an otherwise appealing offering. The story concludes with a photo of a human mother and child, face-to-face: “of all the young critters I ever knew/ not a single one is cuter than you!” A roundup of the 11 species spotlighted includes informational tidbits about each. The reader-directed text is a natural for reading aloud, but it is Tekiela's photos that will be most enticing at story time. Up to age 6. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591932536
Publisher:
Adventure Publications, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Wildlife Picture Books Series
Pages:
44
Sales rank:
402,712
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides such as Mammals of Minnesota Field Guide. For over two decades, Stan has authored more than 100 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 20 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in over 20 newspapers and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services. Stan resides in Victoria, Minnesota, with his wife, Katherine, and daughter, Abigail. He can be contacted via his web page at www.naturesmart.com.

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than fifty books for young people, ranging from novelty and picture books through early readers, both fiction and nonfiction, books on writing, and middle-grade and young-adult novels. She has won numerous awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for her novel Rain of Fire and an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for another novel, On My Honor, and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. She is a writing teacher as well as a writer and was first Faculty Chair and continues on the faculty at Vermont College for the first Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program in the country. Her writing book, the American Library Association Notable What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction, is used by writers of all ages. Adults who are interested in writing for children have found it especially useful. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages. Visit her website at www.mariondanebauer.com.

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The Cutest Critter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a beautiful book for children and adults, too.