A polar bear mother gives birth while hibernating, then goes back to sleep for another two months. A male seahorse carries a female's eggs in a pouch until they are ready to hatch. Whether by giving birth, protecting their young or teaching them survival skills, animals produce and care for their babies in some extraordinary ways. Containing lots of interesting facts, activities and easy-to-do experiments, this title in the Animal Behavior series takes a resourceful approach to exploring animal life.
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Pamela is an award-winning author of over 35 non-fiction nature books for children, including The Kids Canadian Nature Series, My First Look at Nature Series, Animal Senses and Animals Hibernating. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.
Pat Stephens, mother, animal lover and artist, lives in a crowded house in Durham, Ontario. She has illustrated over 20 animal - related books for children.
Grade 2-4-Hickman speaks directly to readers, first comparing human babies and animals such as an Atlantic puffin chick, branching out to show how creatures that lay eggs are similar and different, and then discussing mammals and marsupials. A boxed list of a particular animal's characteristics appears on the opening spread of each chapter. The text and illustrations work together to introduce such terms as "placental." Some of the animals discussed include the cottontail rabbit, humpback whale, and Norway lemming. How animals are fed and how they play are briefly touched upon, as is when offspring can feed and defend themselves. Detailed drawings with watercolor washes depict seahorses hatching from a male parent's pouch, a male giant water bug with eggs on its back, etc., and are paired with a lively text that will satisfy those who have enjoyed Judy Cutchin's Parenting Papas (Morrow, 1994; o.p.) and Sneed B. Collard's Animal Dads (Houghton, 1997). Similar in format and technique to this team's Animals Eating (Kids Can, 2001), this book will appeal to children.
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Book Description Kids Can Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1553370619