Written by Marianne Berkes
Illustrated by Cathy Morrison
“Pick me up, pick me up,” our children say. Then as they get a bit older, they begin to carry around their own stuffed animals, dolls, or action figures. This leads in well to a discussion of animals and their babies. Teachers, parents and librarians can use this beautifully illustrated book of how animal babies are carried to introduce or supplement any animal unit of study. Close-ups of each animal pair make it easy to see how the baby is transported from one place to another. Young children will enjoy this immensely.
Short rhyming lines introduce each animal pair followed by a slightly more in-depth description. A glossary gives even more detail.
Following the narration, a matching game is provided as a culmination of the story. For teachers, there are several suggestions for cross-curricular activities in language arts, math, engineering and movement. There are also web links to provide additional activities.
- Title: Baby on Board: How Animals Carry Their Young
- Author: Marianne Berkes
- Illustrator: Cathy Morrison
- Publisher: Dawn Publications, 2017
- Reviewer: Elizabeth Swartz
- Format: Paperback, 32 pages
- Genre: nonfiction, science
- Grade level: PreK to 3
- ISBN: 978-1-58469-593-6
- Extras: Teacher guidelines for use in language arts, math, engineering, movement and math. An extensive glossary, extended reading lists and web links. It also contains a matching game for young readers to complete after reading the book.