This Skip Hop–branded debut is standard lift-the-flap fare.
Mama Owl loses her owlet and is helped by the other nearby mother animals. Under every flap she finds their babies instead of hers until she discovers her baby tucked into their own nest. Shaped flaps cover each baby, but a little of the animal is revealed so repeat readers can guess who the hider might be. The final spread features the animal mommies with liftable arm-shaped flaps that reveal each baby nestled on the animal mommy’s lap. While the flaps themselves could be a little sturdier, there is a helpful indentation by most of them to help little (and not so little) fingers pry it open. Parent fans of Skip Hop baby products will recognize the company’s friendly cartoon animals within these pages, and each mama animal sports one of the company’s signature fabric designs. Fitting in with the farm/outdoor setting, the color palette includes friendly yellowish greens, sky blues and woodsy browns. Unfortunately some of the baby animals are so washed-out against the background that they don’t stand out when readers open the flaps. The simple rhyming text has pleasing cadence and reads aloud smoothly. There is enough interactivity to please parents and babies alike.
While its first board-book outing is less than perfect, Skip Hop does get a few things right. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)