A sweet book marred by its Spanish translation.


This bilingual (English/Spanish) book showcases different baby mammals all sharing one common trait: They are all nursing from their mothers.

In rhyming English text accompanied by its Spanish counterpart, readers are introduced to 13 different nursing mammals. The illustrations are done in watercolor, the inherent gentleness and warmth of the media making it an ideal complement to the text. Each animal—horse, tiger, monkey, seal, zebra, dog, panda, bat, polar bear, cat, deer, dolphin, and human—is depicted in the act of nursing, the text reinforcing this fact: “Seal pup nurses / on the beach, / mama stays / within her reach. // La foca en la playa / está vigilando, / mientras que su cría / se está alimentando.” Older children will enjoy the extra information that can be found about each animal at the end of the book. Unfortunately, while the Spanish in the rhyming text portion of the book is correct, the Spanish in the endmatter is full of mistakes. For example, while the English text states that tigers must “crawl backwards” when climbing out of a tree, the Spanish translation states they do this on their backs (“arrastrarse de espaldas”), thus conveying completely different information. Any book that presents facts in multiple languages must ensure that they are correct across the board.

A sweet book marred by its Spanish translation. (Informational picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 5, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-930775-73-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Platypus Media

Review Posted Online: April 25, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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Good advice and good reading practice rolled into one.


From the My First series

Kitten care presented early-reader style.

“Something soft and furry / Is coming home with me. // It is my new kitten. / She is as sweet as can be!” First-person, easy-reading text describes meeting the kitten, feeding the kitten, playing with the kitten, then taking it to the vet and keeping it safe. The first half of this volume is presented in rhyme with Wachter's photos of real children of various races and their kittens (always the same kitten-and-child pairings) imposed on simple cartoon backgrounds. On other pages, photos of kittens (all cute as the dickens) leaping, scratching, running, and sleeping appear against similar backgrounds. The second half reiterates the same information but in more detail. It passes on instructions in simple language for tasks like introducing a kitten to its litter box and interpreting the sounds and body language of your new furry friend. Jumping the species barrier, Biscuit creator Capucilli does a fine job of instructing young, new pet owners in the care of their wee feline friends in this companion to My First Puppy (2019). This helpful guidebook ends with a message encouraging aspiring young pet friends to adopt from shelters. (This book was reviewed digitally with 9-by-12-inch double-page spreads viewed at 85.7% of actual size.)

Good advice and good reading practice rolled into one. (Early reader. 5-7)

Pub Date: Dec. 8, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5344-7754-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Simon Spotlight

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2020

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A fun, educational science book that thoughtfully portrays kids of color engaging with and learning from nature and each...


From the I Like To Read series

In her latest science-focused picture book, Rockwell offers perspectives from two kids with opposing opinions about insects.

A Black girl with long braids and glasses announces her love of insects while a boy of Asian descent, who drops his sandwich running from two houseflies, says he hates them. Throughout this picture book, which teems with color and motion, the girl focuses on the positives, like their beauty, role as pollinators, and benefits to the soil, as the boy highlights the negatives, like their penchant for stinging, the ugliness of insects like fleas, and the damage some such as aphids do to plants. Readers can decide for themselves whether the two protagonists find some points of agreement. The final double-page spread illustrates all of the insects that appear in the book and invites readers to revisit earlier pages to find them, including butterflies, beetles, bees, a mosquito, a cricket, and more. This informational early reader employs a controlled vocabulary that intentionally repeats words and phrases to facilitate independent reading. Many recognizable insects appear in the book, like the field cricket and the bumblebee, but Rockwell also includes some, such as the little wood satyr butterfly and the cucumber beetle, that will pique curiosity and encourage budding entomologists to explore further to learn about bugs they’ve never met.

A fun, educational science book that thoughtfully portrays kids of color engaging with and learning from nature and each other. (Informational early reader. 4-7)

Pub Date: July 20, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-8234-4759-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2021

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