Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007Deep in a Minnesota forest, a baby porcupine (called a porcupette) hides in a warm cave while she grows and develops. A climber from her second day in t
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007
Deep in a Minnesota forest, a baby porcupine (called a porcupette) hides in a warm cave while she grows and develops. A climber from her second day in the world, the little porcupette is slow and pudgy; she is still in danger from predators. But as she grows bigger and stronger, her quills will also grow, and soon she will no longer need her mother's protection.
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"The 'Introduction to the Reader' in Baby Porcupine
explains this book's remarkable series of photographs. The author and photographer followed a baby porcupine in a Minnesota forest to photograph her behaviors, including feeding, interacting with her mother, and avoiding predation. . . The story line is simple, yet will appeal to children time after time, whether someone reads the book to them (kindergarteners) or they read it themselves (fourth graders)."
— Science Books & Films
"This talented writer/photographer team provides a well-balanced combination of information with extraordinary full-color photos obtained by observing a mother and her baby in a Minnesota forest. Readers are given insight into the animal-s diet and behavior and a look at some of the other wildlife that shares her habitat. A captivating moment comes when a fisher comes after the baby while she is alone, and includes images of her attempt to protect herself by squeezing into some rocks and of her predator with a nose full of quills. Though the text is spare, the glimpses that it provides of the daily life of a porcupine are fascinating. A -Did You Know-- section offers additional bits of trivia. An appealing presentation."
— School Library Journal
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Aubrey Lang has been a science writer and wildlife photographer for the past 25 years and a freelance writer for more than fifteen years.
Wayne Lynch has seen his work published in more than two-dozen countries. With Aubrey Lang he has produced nearly 40 titles for children and adults, and countless articles in well-known nature magazines, including Ranger Rick, Owl, Wild, National Wildlife, and Canadian Geographic.