I Love Dad

9781609929374. ea vol: 32p. photos. Quarto/QEB. May 2016. Tr $12.95.
K-Gr 3—Who doesn't love looking at squee-worthy pictures of baby animals? Fourteen animal moms and 14 animal dads across the kingdom are featured in this series, including mammals, birds, fish, and one little frog. Each spread displays a detailed and vibrant stock photograph alongside two types of text. At the top of the page, a playful quote from the baby animal is featured. The baby kangaroo says, "We're playing hide and seek. Don't tell mom where I'm hiding!" Quick informational sentences follow ("A baby kangaroo is called a joey. The joey climbs into its mother's pouch as soon as it has been born, and is no bigger than a jelly bean."). The sweet baby faces and soft pastel backgrounds are gentle and appropriate for even the youngest readers, making this series perfect for parent-child reading time. The introductory material provides opportunities to compare and contrast, as well as a basic platform for further exploration of the animal world.
VERDICT Appealing and adorable, these books are appropriate for general nonfiction collections.

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