In the animal kingdom, mommies are often solely responsible for the upbringing of their young. But daddies can, and do, help in a variety of surprising ways.
In this 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. Factual information on animal development and behavior is provided throughout the text.
Illustrator 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.
“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
“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 Connection
“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 & Films
“A terrific read for Father’s Day or any day.” ―Bristol Herald Courier
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2005-2006
Children’s Crown Gallery Award (Nominee) ―National Christian School Association, 2004-2005
AR Level: 4.4
F&P: GRL N, Gr 3, Genre I
Themes: Animal Fathers
BISAC 1: JNF019060 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family /Parents
BISAC 2: JNF003330 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Baby Animals
BISAC 3: JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology