A baby hippopotamus narrates the story of its life, describing how physical features, diet, habitat, and familial relationships play a role in its growth and development.
Part of the Starting Out series
Celebrating the life, growth, and development of baby animals, Starting Out narrates the tale of growing up in the wild. This series employs simple language and a unique first-person perspective to introduce foundational biological concepts as it follows the adorable animal through the start of its young life. The straightforward text and large photos of the animal in its natural environment will both entertain and enlighten as readers learn how the animal’s physical features, diet, habitat, and familial relationships play a role in its growth and development.
The "Starting Out" series is a fun and vibrant way to introduce young readers to a variety of animals. Baby Flamingos shows readers how a flamingo hatchling changes as it grows, highlighting the difference in its feathers as well as the noises flamingos make to communicate. Baby Lemurs depicts the support young lemurs receive from their mothers and their troops. In Baby Red Pandas readers will be struck by how different a red panda is as a newborn—when they are unable to see or hear—versus when they’ve grown enough to eat bamboo and climb trees. Baby Whales focuses on a calf who, with the help of its mother and strong tail, is born swimming and travels along with its pod. Titles in this eye-catching series include large, clear text, underlined vocabulary, and labeled photographs identifying parts of the animals’ bodies. Children will especially enjoy following each book’s YouTube link, which leads to a recording of the animal’s sounds; readers are also encouraged to try to imitate the animals. Simple back matter includes a glossary, index, and list of related reading suggestions. Perfect for sharing with babies, animal lovers, and youngsters who are learning how to read.
–Selenia Paz, Booklist, 01/01/2021