Whose Baby Am I?

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Overview

Renowned wildlife artist John Butler has created a wonderful way to introduce very young children to animals. Each right-hand page-on sturdy card stock-features a picture of an adorable baby animal with the question "Whose baby am I?" Turn the page and see the baby together with its parent. The guessing game format and the mix-and-match game at the end of the book encourage interaction and make this an ideal book to share with little ones.

"This attractive volume is a visual feast."
-School Library Journal on Bashi, Elephant Baby

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The responses by various animal offspring to the titular question in this volume is that each baby belongs to a loving mommy animal (e.g., "Whose baby am I?/ I am a panda baby"), and they inspire irresistible portraits. Butler's (Bashi, Elephant Baby) acrylic and colored pencil illustrations realistically capture nine achingly adorable animals. He infuses his renderings of the cotton puff-like owlet that opens the book, a sweetly gawky zebra calf and a polar bear cub with just the right amount of romanticism. Glints of lavender play in the animals' fur, the trace of a smile can be detected on a bill or mouth and the artist misses no opportunity to emphasize those huge, heart-tugging eyes. The book concludes with a spread that invites youngsters to match the babies with their mothers and a page that labels each offspring with its official name (a koala baby is called a joey, a seal baby is a pup, etc.). Ages 1-4. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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For very young children, this simple concept book of baby animals provides just the right question and answer pattern. An appealing baby animal faces the reader and is pictured without background. The text below asks, "Whose baby am I?" The next page provides the answer with an illustration of baby and mother. "I am an owl baby." The pattern is repeated with eight other baby animals. Adult and child readers alike are sure to find the soft acrylic and colored pencil illustrations attractive. The realism of the animals is in the details of the exquisite drawings. The back matter has all the babies and parents mixed on a double-page spread. The question, "Can you guess whose baby is whose?" will keep the preschooler busy pointing to the matches. Finally, the book ends with the proper names of the baby animals, pictured once again. There cannot be too many pictures of these endearing babies. 2001, Viking, $10.99. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter
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PreS-The title question is posed in bold lettering beneath illustrations of a variety of young animals. For each one, the answer is revealed with the turn of a page. For example, "I am an owl baby" shows an owlet and its mother. The gentle pictures done in acrylic and colored pencils depict adorable creatures and their mothers on soft pastel backgrounds. The images are precious and the layout makes this title perfect for storytimes. A double-page spread at the end asks viewers to match the babies on the left with the adult animals on the right. The final page provides the correct names for the babies: joey (koala), chick (penguin), cub (panda), calf (elephant), and so on. This title is destined to be a popular choice.-Olga R. Kuharets, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Simple text introduces young children to an array of animal babies. An over-sized drawing of a juvenile wild animal is accompanied by the question "Whose baby am I?" Readers turn the page to discover a portrait of baby and parent, along with the statement "I am an owl baby" or "I am an elephant baby" This basic format is repeated throughout. Nine infants make up Butler's menagerie, including penguin chicks, panda cubs, koala joeys, and more familiar creatures, such as a zebra foal and a giraffe calf. The colored pencil-and-acrylic illustrations are irresistibly cute. Each portrait rests on a sheer pastel background that changes from picture to picture in a subtle range of hues. Remarkably life-like, the carefully drawn animals are finely detailed-from the wrinkled hide of the elephant to long, feathery lashes framing the soft brown eyes of the zebra. For older children, the final two-page spread contains a matching challenge where they can pair the offspring with their respective parents. Also included at the end is an illustration of all the animal babies, each labeled with its appropriate name-e.g., "owlet" instead of owl baby. Ideal for the smallest explorer, Butler's book of cuddlesome creatures is enchanting. (Picture book. 1-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670896837
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Butler worked for thirty five years at IBM in management and technical training, and is currently president of The Halcyon Group, Inc., a business and technical education concern in Bethesda, Maryland. copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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