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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ABC Zooborns! By Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland. Beach Land Books, Simon & Schuster, 2012. $14.99 ages 3 and up

"...these cute and cuddly newborn zoo critters have another very important job. By allowing us to observe and study them, they help us learn how to protect their wild cousins who live in jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans around the world."

Oh, come on now! Don't tell me that you can look at that photo and not have a little 'awww' moment. I'm not always sure that we need another alphabet book but you can bet little ones are going to love poring over the photographs included in this one.

Each letter introduces a new zoo baby, accentuating the alphabet letter, spelling out the name and offering one small bit of conversation from each one:

"P is for panda.
Phew...I'm flat-out pooped from
playing with my panda pals."


"U is for Ural owl.
I wonder what's for dinner.
Mice would be nice!"

The charming and downright adorable photos of each baby animal from anteater to Zooborns will have little ones keen on a new pet. Some of the animals will be familiar, others not. It's conversational tone doesn't offer readers much in terms of learning about the animal itself. The authors have provided further information in endnotes. These notes offer a conservation key to help readers understand the status of each of the 26 animals throughout the world. They name the species, their zoo, that status and add a short paragraph concerning their appearance, food, habits:

"Species: Dhole
Home: Taronga Zoo, Australia
Conservation Status: Endangered
Jangala the dhole pup had to be hand-raised by keepers at Taronga Zoo but was eventually reintroduced to the adult group of dholes. Soon Jangala became so comfortable in the group, he took the dominant male position from his own father! Unlike most wild dog species, dholes allow their pups to eat first at mealtime."

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