My First Day

by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

In contrast to human babies, many newborn animals are capable of independent behavior... read more

In contrast to human babies, many newborn animals are capable of independent behavior shortly after birth. A range of newborn abilities is exemplified by animals as diverse as a kiwi ("As soon as I hatched, I was ready to take care of myself"), a wood duck ("On my first day, I jumped out of my nest ... fell a long, long way ... and paddled after my mother), and a manatee ("When I was just an hour old I was able to swim-and breathe-on my own"). While some of the creatures fend for themselves from the beginning, others, including polar bears, golden snub-nosed monkeys, and sea otters, require a parent's care. Masterful collage illustrations and a brief, engaging text are well-suited for young naturalists, and a final section offers a paragraph of additional information about each of the twenty-two species highlighted. (Ages 2-5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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