An excellent introduction to the varied and remarkable ways animal fathers care for their young.In the vast animal kingdom, mommies are often solely responsible for the birth and upbringing of their y
An excellent introduction to the varied and remarkable ways animal fathers care for their young.
In the vast animal kingdom, mommies are often solely responsible for the birth and upbringing of their young. But daddies can, and do, help in a variety of surprising ways. In this new natural science book for children, award-winning writer Mary Batten offers a fascinating and entertaining look at paternal behavior in the animal world.
From birds and amphibians to small mammals and primates, numerous examples of males caring for their young are presented in accurate and clear language. Among the featured fathers are the blue jay, the marmoset and the beaver, who share parenting responsibilities with the mother, as well as several animal daddies (such as the seahorse, the penguin, and Darwin's frog) that perform more extraordinary roles. Finally, the human father is singled out for devoting the most time of all to raising his young until they can survive on their own. Factual information on animal development and behavior is provided throughout the text.
Higgins Bond's realistic and detailed illustrations accurately depict the animal families in their natural habitats, and warmly bring to life the animal daddies interacting with their babies.
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"...a good deal of information in an attractive format... a welcome addition to most libraries." --Booklist
"Bond's realistic watercolor paintings nicely reflect the text and do an excellent job of showing a loving relationship between the animal dads and their young against a backdrop that shows their natural habitat... a lovely book..." --School Library Journal
"Big, realistic, vivid art instantly captivates the reader. And the text grips him with the strange parenting habits of mammals, birds, and reptiles." --Science Books and Films
"The text is written in a clear, easy-to-understand format that goes along with beautiful, full-page realistic drawings that show fathers caring for their offspring... This book would be exceptionally valuable in a science class where the roles of each animal family member are taught, especially the unusual roles of animal fathers. Highly Recommended." --Library Media Connections
"A terrific read for Father's Day or any day." --Bristol Herald Courier
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# Leveling Information
# Accelerated Reader
# AR Quiz#: 61256
# AR Reading Level: 4.4
# AR Points: 0.5
# F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
# F&P Level: M
# F&P Grade: 2-3
# Reading Counts
# Reading Counts Level: 3.9
# Reading Counts Points: 2
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MARY BATTEN, an award-winning writer for television, film and publishing, is the author of Aliens from Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems, Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies, and Who Has a Belly Button?, as well as many other titles.
HIGGINS BOND received a BFA from the Memphis College of Art. She has illustrated several books for children, including A Place for Butterflies, Who Has a Belly Button? and Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.