A baby koala 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.
“I am a joey,” declares the gray-faced baby koala at the opening of this book, part of the “Starting Out” series (6 titles). Its first-person narration makes the simple text more digestible than a eucalyptus leaf, and when combined with the adorable, excellently selected photos, the book becomes irresistible. Young readers move through the first year of the joey’s life, observing its growth from jelly bean–size newborn to fluffy pouch graduate. Physical characteristics are clearly labeled on the introductory photos of a joey hugging its mother’s back, and some basic koala facts, like its diet and tree-dwelling nature, are incorporated as well. Though expertly designed for beginning readers, this book’s pictures steal the show—and the video link to koala sounds is not to be missed.
–Julia Smith, Booklist, 4/1/2019