Photographs of wild animal babies—sometimes alone and sometimes with family members—are accompanied by simple text about their mobility.
From the cover’s elephants and the leaping lemurs on the title page on through the endpapers (where the photographer introduces herself), the richness of the color photographs compels readers to keep reading and gazing. The first double-page spread, which shows a newborn zebra—coat still damp and ragged but already upright—explains that some baby animals come into the world ready to move, while others need help at first. “Let’s follow these baby animals and see how they get around!” Each photograph is accompanied by facts about a different animal’s mobility as a baby, including a wonderful double-page spread that shows a mother bear giving a piggyback ride to three cubs, noting that baby bears can be afraid of water. And who knew that when sloths make their weekly descent from trees, it’s primarily “to poop!” Although simple, the text effortlessly introduces vocabulary through context—words such as “foal,” “predators,” and “pod” (of whales). Phrases with exclamation marks and audience-conscious remarks such as “Quick, quick, little piggies!” and “See you later, orcas!” keep the age level to preschool and primary grades. Kudos to the author for balancing the baby animals’ sexes when she uses pronouns.
A winning combination of animal facts and outstanding nature photography. (Informational picture book. 4-7)