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Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents

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What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim?

Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse "pinky" to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, this awww-inspiring book looks at the traits that all baby mammals share and pro
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
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I found the review to be spot on. You could cater to different learning/reading levels using the same book. Lower level by using "Each spread begins with a simple statement, such as "The baby needs to move," "The baby needs protection," or "The baby is part of a family," and illustrations. Increasing levels using "followed by another spread that indicates how different animals accomplish this task (for instance, "The baby is hungry" is pai
Jeralynn Moser
Mar 20, 2015 Jeralynn Moser rated it it was amazing
1. Baby Penguins Love Their Mama by Melissa Guion (2014)

2. These two adorable texts are connected through their family-friendly baby animals. While Born in the Wild gives information about all different animals, Baby Penguins Love Their Mama gives a humanized story of the crazy week of a mama and her babies.

3. This is very much a combination structured non-fiction book. It has comparison elements, but is mostly descriptive.

4. A great activity to do with these stories would be to create a graph
Oct 28, 2014 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Explore different baby mammals from around the world in this nonfiction picture book. Learn about how different animals function when they are born, polar bear babies are tiny and are kept safe for months before going outside while giraffes are born ready to run right away. Baby animals eat in different ways too. Baby bears nurse, baby wolves learn to eat meat quickly, and other animals eat grass and drink their mother’s milk. Other subjects like protection and shelter are examined as well as gr ...more
Karissa Fankhauser
Nov 16, 2015 Karissa Fankhauser rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Born in the Wild by Lita Judge has the most adorable illustrations paired with informational text that entertains and educates readers with every turn of the page. The illustration of the baby giraffe being nuzzled by his mother on the cover draws readers into a story about many different kinds of baby animals. The book is broken into sections such as what the babies eat, how they are protected, how they play, and how they grow. It contains many little-known facts about animals, in a very organi ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Sunday rated it it was amazing
Oh, what you could do with this book! Buy it as a gift and enjoy it with a small child. Read it aloud to kindergarten students as part of a unit of study--for joy and for identifying sub-topics and related details. Read it again and think more carefully about how particular featured animals are alike and different in 1st-2nd grades.

The author's design is friendly to the primary grade student: a two-page spread with a simple statement like "The baby is hungry" or "the baby grows strong through pl
Apr 06, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Every mammal is born into this world weak, small, and dependant on their mother of family to survive. Meerkat mobs will share in the responsibility of caring for the young, while grizzly bear cubs won't be weened for a few years. This book is full of such facts, so to make it easier to follow it is split into sections like eating, protection, and learning. A short statement follows each double-spread cover page to explain the content, then proceeds to give several examples using various animals. ...more
Animal and nature lovers will want to add this lovely and informative picture book to their library or classroom collection. Fans of this author/illustrator won't be disappointed as she uses her own skills as an observer to supply interesting facts and create detailed watercolor illustrations of various mammal babies, their similarities, and what they need. In some respects the book reminds me of the also-wonderful An Egg Is Quiet with its simple introductory statements about these baby animals. ...more
An excellent factual survey of the needs of baby mammals, and how the babies' parents help to address those needs. The various sections, titled things like "The baby needs shelter" or "The baby needs to be caressed and groomed" create an overall feeling of respect and care for young animals; the animals' intrinsic value is underscored by the sacrifices their parents make for them. Even though no humans appear in the book, this gentle message of worth extends to children as well: as the final spr ...more
May 31, 2016 Madison rated it liked it
This wonderful little book is about multiple different baby mammals and what they learn from their parents. Each page introduces a new mammal- providing information to the reader about that particular mammal, all while leaving the reader going "Awww" with how adorable they are.

The illustrations in this picturebook are drawn and then painted to add lots of fun colors and patterns. Even though the illustrations are not photographs of the actual mammal, they do a great job of still providing vivid
Emily Petering
Apr 27, 2016 Emily Petering rated it really liked it
This was a very cute book all about baby animals and their parents! The author goes through basic needs the baby animals need in order to survive and then she listed examples of animals and how they live. I think one of the coolest parts is in the end of the book, the author connects it back to young children and how they need all of these things to survive as well. I think students will love that part of the book. The illustrations are also amazing. The illustrator drew cute, colorful, realisti ...more
Clare Rossetter
Great book for science lesson on baby mammals. The cover draws the reader in with the adorable picture of a baby giraffe and it's mom. The book is divided into 9 sections each dealing with a different aspect of being a particular baby mammal. Each section introduces different animals and shares facts about those animals as it relates to the section topic. A baby is born is the first one and we are introduced to a newborn giraffe and a polar bear. Not all sections have the same number of animals ...more
Maggie Hahn
Born in the Wild is a detailed nonfiction, informational book. It's title describes the book perfectly. Each page is dedicated to a different mammal in the wild. It describes their size, what they eat, and what is special about each animal. It also goes through the things that each baby animals needs and describes the different ways that different mammals do things like eat, sleep, and find shelter. This book shows the reader that all of these baby mammals that are born in the wild have the same ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Julie marked it as to-read
Shelves: nonfiction

teaches readers about various mammals and the things that the babies need. How a baby animal is born, how and what different animals eat, how they stay safe and more are included in this book. The organization focuses on the similarities between animals and the descriptions show the unique differences between animals. The illustrations are adorable. My biggest surprise was how much information is in this book. Each spread has a few paragraphs of text and it is longer than the typical picture boo
Christine Turner
Feb 22, 2016 Christine Turner rated it really liked it
What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim?
Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse "pinky" to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, this awww -inspiring book looks at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they're born in the wild, they're not so very different from us, after all!

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A beautifully put together book, Born in the Wild, is sure to be a favorite with young animal lovers. The text is very informative and brief enough to be appropriate for younger readers. But the real draw here are the amazing illustrations. There are so adorable. Baby animals are always cute, but Judge's illustrations are especially appealing. For those readers who want to know more, each of the animals mentioned in the book are further described in notes at the end of the book along with a sour ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This factual story teaches about understanding the needs of baby mammals, and how the babies' parents help to address those needs. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed, and it makes me want to hold and love a baby animal! This book shows the reader that all of these baby mammals that are born in the wild have the same necessities as humans do- food, shelter, water, love, and protection.
I could use this as a read-aloud to kindergarten students as part of a unit of study. It could be read
Nov 02, 2014 Donalyn rated it it was amazing
Outstanding information with gorgeous illustrations. A wonderful book to read and reread with the young animal-lovers in our lives.
Judge's watercolor illustrations are beautiful in this simply worded text about various mammal babies born in the wild. The book begins with the saying "A baby is born." On the following page readers encounter a just born polar bear and giraffe. Information is given on each of the statements given on every other page.

Readers will learn about the different ways baby animals in the wild move, live and are protected. A glossary of possible new terms is included at the end as well as an more in-dept
Nov 03, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preschool-2nd grade
Choosing mammals narrows the focus and allows the author/illustrator to still share a variety of animals while showing how they are similar. Warm depictions of the baby and adult animals accompany facts about the animal babies that relate back to human babies too -- although people aren't born in the wild as these mammals are so we never see people. A simple phrase on a two-page spread is explored further on the next couple pages with examples of animals feeding, protecting, playing, and more. G ...more
Jonathan Andrew
Feb 22, 2016 Jonathan Andrew rated it it was ok
This is mostly an informative book about babies born in the wild. There are pictures and words about meerkat, hippo, fox babies and more. It talks about what the baby needs, what it means to the mothers, how it is taken care of, how it learns, etc. This book isn't so much entertaining as it is informative. The pictures are beautiful - some are almost full spread pictures and they are full color. They are cartooned, but they are big and bold, and would be perfect for a child to look at and learn ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Martha rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-3-non-fiction
The combination of outstanding watercolor paintings of young baby animals with their mothers, and short fascinating passages about their nurturing family experiences as young mammals, will fascinate listeners. This title would work perfectly as a real aloud introduction to a unit on baby animals. The "More about the animals in this book" end notes are geared for young readers who want to learn a bit more about each animal. Complete with a glossary,bibliography and excellent list of animal websit ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Margie rated it it was amazing

Naturalist, author and artist Lita Judge's new title, Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents (Roaring Brook Press, October 21, 2014) discusses many of the adaptations new babies face in our world. We travel to varied habitats on six of our seven continents. New and familiar, prevalent and endangered members of the mammal family are featured.

My full recommendation:
Feb 28, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing
"Kids and joeys, cubs and colts - every baby mammal needs gentle care and teaching ... just like you."

Adorable illustrations will make this a crowd-pleaser. Additional information in the back of the book helps to make this a very interesting read, as well.

I loved the websites listed in the back as additional resources. They are sure to be popular with students, as well, especially ZooBorns
Sharon Lawler
Nov 07, 2014 Sharon Lawler rated it really liked it
Author and illustrator Lita Judge divides her picture book about baby mammals and their parents according to behaviors, such as hunger, protection, shelter, movement, grooming, and learning. Different animals from around the world are used for each segment, and illustrations shine with personality of both the animal and Judge's artistic style. Back pages proide more information about each animal. Glossary and sources are included.
Jul 21, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, 2015
Judge's artwork is a beautiful accompaniment to her text, which elegantly introduces how mammals take care of their babies. Under each section, such as shelter or nursing, Judge discusses three or four different mammals and illustrates next to the text. At the end of the book, she includes further information about each of the species discussed. This is an excellent introduction for children. Highly recommend.
Mar 18, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Lita Judge’s beautifully illustrated book is chock full of baby animals and their mamas. The pages alternate between a statement of need about what baby needs, and more facts about the particular animals pictures. Great animal facts, and a short glossary more index that includes more about the animals.

All the facts make learning fun for younger readers. This book shows that even the baby possums can be cute.
Dec 01, 2014 Kifflie rated it it was amazing
Excellent work of nonfiction about baby mammals and how their parents care for them.

Besides the warm illustrations, Judge does a fine job of explaining her concepts and introducing young readers to the common terms used for animal babies and animal collectives.

And she ties it all together to let the reader know that in many important ways, animal babies have the same needs that humans do!
Alyssa Fortna
Dec 14, 2014 Alyssa Fortna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-record
This book is great for young animal lovers. It includes a lot of information about various mammals and their lives, however, the information is brief enough that it will not overwhelm young readers. The illustrations are adorable. This is a great nonfiction book to begin exposure to this type of genre to young children. I would recommend this book for children between the ages of 5 and 9.
Nov 21, 2014 Cemeread rated it really liked it
Shelves: ch-non-fiction
3.5 stars Realistic color drawings of animals are used to illustrate this book. It has about a paragraph of text per animal. It covers topics from being born, eating, protection and shelter to moving, family and play It's too long for a group of preschoolers, but may work one on one for this age. Kindergarteners will probably need two sessions of reading to complete the book.
Sep 29, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
This picture book is pretty darn near perfect. It was on my son's teacher's wish list, so I bought it, and I am so glad that I did. It's a pretty simple book: mother animals love their baby animals, and a few facts about the mammals in question.

The illustrations, however, ARE perfect. The cover is eye-catching, and the internal illustrations are just as good.
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