Animal parents call for their babies in a repetitive question-and-answer format.
Various mothers and fathers inquire after their little ones. “Little giraffe, where are you?” On the following page, four individual babies hide under flaps placed against solid backgrounds. Declarative statements label easily recognizable photographs. “I am not little giraffe, / I am a duck.” The parents' actual tot confirms its identity energetically; baby giraffe gleefully responds, “Here I am, Daddy! I am little giraffe!” Originally published in Dutch, English phrases remain fairly seamless in their translation for a toddler audience, though the reference to dromedary may cause a few children to scratch their heads. In the final example, the king of the jungle arrives, and the regal papa lion finds four of his cubs ready to greet him. Overall, clear placement of text and images make for a developmentally appropriate picture. The book relies heavily on the cuddliness of the featured critters. Many of the tykes strike adorable poses; particularly charming, little panda playfully covers one eye.
With plenty of opportunities for child participation, it's a happy reunion as loving caregivers search for their young. (Board book. 1-3)