ABC ZooBorns!
ABC ZooBorns!

Series: ZooBorns   

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Annotation: Presents the letters of the alphabet with baby animals representing each letter.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #5406919
Format: Board Book
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Board Book Board Book
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-442-47376-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-442-47376-8
Dewey: 591.3
Dimensions: 16 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
This alphabet book matches adorable photos of baby animals with appropriate letters and brief, equally charming text ("N is for nyala. Sometimes I nuzzle Mama when I feel shy"). The animal's silhouette adorns each letter, and the appended "Get to know the ZooBorns" gives its conservation status, zoo home, and additional information about each pictured animal baby.
Kirkus Reviews
With shelves full of ABC books and animal-baby books, is there room for another one that combines the two? The ZooBorn brand by Bleiman and Eastland presents 26 baby animals that will have children keening to their parents, "Can I have one?" Similar to their title ZooBorns (2010), each page has an adorable close-up photograph of a baby animal from Anteater to "ZOOBORNS!" Lions and giraffes, vicuñas and dholes appear in between, among others. The graphic image of each capital letter includes a silhouette of the adult animal, along with a quote from the baby about its young life. The baby panda, lying flat like a rug, says, "Phew…I'm flat-out pooped from playing with my panda pals." This is more about ramping up cuteness than actually providing information on the species represented, and the language is at odds with the ABC format. While the panda example has the appropriate phonetic reinforcement, others do not. The hardest words to read will be the animal names; nyala (a type of antelope) and Ural owl may trip up adult readers as well as children. The endnotes include conservation-status information with a short description on the specific animal and its zoo home. But that is just dressing on simply adorable infants. If looking for cuteness, pick this one. For alphabet learning, try something else. (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
Bleiman and Eastland introduce a new group of criminally cute baby zoo animals for each letter of the alphabet in a companion to 2010-s ZooBorns. Crisp, closeup photographs feature cheetahs, flamingos, marmosets, and sloths, among others, while lighthearted prose emphasizes the animals- unique characteristics: -I is for impala. Our long legs are perfect for leaping. Let-s go for a run!- Extra points for a solid X entry: -X is for X-ray tetra. Attention, science students-my see-through body is very revealing.- Endnotes explore each animal in greater detail. Ages 2-up. (July)

School Library Journal
PreS&12; All of these animal babies are extremely cuddly and appear in a full-color photo, one to a page, with the uppercase letter, a one- or two-line descriptive phrase, and a small image showing its basic shape. Some of the animals are shown with parents, some are held by what appears to be zoo staff, and some are on their own. A spread at the end of the book gives the conservation status of each one, its species, a short description, and the location of the zoo in which it resides. The introduction explains that the book's purpose is to teach the alphabet, but, more importantly, to show the need to study animals in zoos in order to understand them in the wild and to develop ways to protect endangered species. Not all of the animals are endangered, as explained on the back pages. Aside from the cuteness factor, and the simple ABC format, the book's usefulness is limited. It is mostly a browsing item for parents to share with young children. The photographs are wonderful, the color and simple phrases fun, but there is little actual information that would point children toward conservation facts.&12; Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
Word Count: 499
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: P-K
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 158558 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD480L

Meet a whole new batch of zoo babies in this Classic Board Book edition of a darling alphabet book.

Calling all animal enthusiasts! It's time to scamper through the alphabet with a herd of irresistible zoo babies. Now available as a Classic Board Book, this edition of ABC ZooBorns! is perfect for the youngest of readers. Featuring adorable animal photos and zippy text, this just might be the cutest ABC book ever to hit the shelves!

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