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I'm a big fan of Dorling Kindersley's books for children and this is just one of the many that I have.
- The Book -
This is a non-fiction book and as the name suggests it's focus is animals and their babies. Each double page focuses on different categories of animals and their offspring:
* Farm babies
- These two pages have great photos of sweet looking lambs, piglets, kids, calves and other farmyard animals. There are 3 flaps to lift, underneath which there are photos of the female adult with the correct names. This is different to a lot of other books on the same topic as rather than pig and horse, the book names them as a sow and a mare.
* Kittens and puppies
A variety of photos of kittens and puppies are shown on this double page with 2 flaps to lift, showing even more cute photos.
* Tree babies
This set of two pages shows orangutans, squirrels, koalas and owlets. The adult females are also shown on orangutan and koala photos. Two flaps to lift on these pages.
* Water babies
This shows the following baby animals with their parent: seal (although cub isn't mentioned), dolphin, penguin, hippo and crocodile.
* Cute cubs
Given the information given on some of the other pages, I think that Cat Family would have been a more appropriate title. This double page shows cheetahs, leopards, panthers, lions and tigers with 3 flaps to lift and the adult females shown of the tigress, lioness and leopardess.
* Bear cubs
Pandas, polar bears, brown and black bears are shown with 3 flaps to lift.
* Big and Little babies
This is the final double page, on the left a baby elephant is shown as the big baby and on the right hand page there are a number of photos of small baby animals such as chicks, tortoise, chipmunk etc. There are five flaps on this page.
- Style and Format -
The book is aimed at pre-school children and has very thick pages, almost like a board book which means that little hands are far less likely to rip the pages and the flaps.
This book is brightly coloured with great photos of the animals. It's very clearly labelled which is great for early reading and letter recognition skills.
There are lift-the-flap opportunities on every double page some of which have writing naming the animals.
- Educational Values -
~ This book stimulates curiosity through exploration. It promotes learning through observation, talking and naming things.
~ It's quite obviously intended to teach young children about animals which is in my experience a topic that interests most pre-school children.
~ It encourages and develops fine motor skills through the lift-the-flap opportunities.
- Price -
My copy was £4.99.
ISBN: 0-7513-6831-8 but amazon are selling used and new copies from just 1p which is a huge bargain!
It may also be well worth taking a look at the DK website at www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co.uk where orders over a certain amount are entitled to free delivery.
There's a wealth of fun, educational books on this website which is very user friendly, listing suggested age-groups etc.
- Dorling Kindersley -
The company was founded in 1974 by Peter Kindersley and Christopher Dorling. When the latter retired in 1987 The Reader's Digest purchased 50% of the shares and it was in this year that they launched the first children's list.
DK publishes an extensive range of titles for adults and children and is the UKs market leader in illustrated non-fiction books.
- Other DK Books in this series -
~ All about me
~ Things that go
- My Verdict -
This book has many educational values and the advantages far outweigh any disadvantages that I can spot. It has always proved to be a very popular book on my bookshelf as most children have a fascination about animals and particularly like the cute baby animals.
I like the way the book gives the correct name to some of the adult females such as mare, sow, tigress etc but am puzzled as to why they haven't included labeling such as seal cub and owl to go alongside the owlets or cat and dog with the kittens and puppies.
Despite this minor gripe this is an excellent book of the same high quality that many have come to expect from DK. An excellent addition to any young child's bookshelf!!
N.B. This review also appears on ciao.