Like Everybody Eats (recently reissued), this enlists animals to show the child to himself. Baby bird leaves his nest and learns to fly (with mother's help), kitten and puppy for-sake their mothers' furry coats and start lapping milk from a saucer, colt and calf stop trailing their mothers but still like to play. ""And YOU are growing up too""--here's what you can do now, here's what you'll do someday. If the animal drawings focused on the figures, they'd be more effective for the purpose--the book aims for very little, doesn't quite deliver it. The Very Little Girl and The Very Little Boy put a child through the paces of growing up more convincingly and much more appealingly.