A baby panda 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.
Young animals narrate their lives in simple, sometimes playful terms: “I was as small as a stick of butter!” says the panda. Each title provides information about birth, followed by quick facts related to physical features and behavior. With one or two sentences per page, the content is limited but strongly supported by visuals. Well-designed layouts use white space, photographs, and fonts effectively. Photos of the newborns as well as images of slightly older animals in action provide high visual appeal. A “Speak and Listen” section provides a URL to a YouTube video of animal sounds. Most feature sound clips only; two are narrated informational videos, which include sounds (Baby Tigers; Baby Seals). VERDICT Engaging photographs and concise information make the series a good fit for new readers.
–School Library Journal, 11/01/2020