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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Zoo Borns - Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

Released October 2010

Simon and Schuster

Book Review by Bob Walch

Everyone loves baby animals, which means this collection of over 15 new arrivals at various zoos and animal parks will be a hit with readers of all ages.

Since it is a board book, obviously the intended audience for this volume is much older than the animals pictured. Each selection offers a full page, color photo of the newborn plus a little accompanying text that gives the animal’s name and tells you something about it.

The selection includes an Asian elephant, a super adorable pygmy hippo, a scrappy ocelot and a spotted hyena pup resting on his mother’s head. The more exotic animals range from a fennee fox with huge ears, a wrinkled aardvark , a banded mongoose who asks “Do I look like trouble to you?” to a cuddly sifaka (monkey) and a wombat named Matari.

Not only are the photos in this book at big selling point but given the cost (under $10) it is also quite reasonable in price given how many pages of animals you’ll find here. Any toddler will love looking at this collection of “little ones” and I am pretty sure that the other members of the family won’t mind either!

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