Author: Bajaj, Varsha
Various woodland creatures make their homes and prepare for their young.
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/18)
School Library Journal (02/01/19)
The Hornbook (00/03/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—While Bajaj's This Is Our Baby, Born Today followed the birth of one elephant, this new offering explores how an array of woodland animals build safe habitats for their babies. Owls, tortoises, ants, foxes, bees, and many other critters make their homes in trees, grass, on ridges, in the water, and underground. Mulazzani uses acrylic colored pencils and collage on paper to create expansive illustrations with pink sky tones, giving readers a sense of calm. Soft dark blue night skies, sparkling with stars, and sleeping animals complete this vision of serenity. The illustrations suggest, rather than attempt a factual representation. A honeycomb-shaped intersection of a beehive appears to be floating in mid-air, but careful inspection will lead to discovery of an attached beehive under a bridge earlier in the book. While sometimes the text and pictures do not entirely connect, the overall impression is that of poetic narrative, interpreted artistically by the illustrator. Simple elegant rhyming words lead readers to learn the names for each animal baby, but not the adult counterpart, suggesting that this picture book is not meant to instruct but rather encourage little ones to immerse themselves in the lush experience. By using the pictures to fill in the missing details, adults and children can explore and interact, creating a conversation prompted each discovery. VERDICT A recommended purchase for large collections seeking gentle nighttime reads about animals, babies, and habitats.—Eva Thaler-Sroussi, Needham Free Public Library, MA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/01/2019 This seemingly simple but quietly effective oversize picture book works equally well as a source for early elementary curriculum support and as a calming bedtime story. Addressing habitats, the text considers a variety of animal homes: dens and burrows, nests and hives, hollowed-out logs and warrens. The sparse text, sometimes only two or three sentences per two-page spread, is complimented by busy, full-page mixed-media collages done on paper in acrylics and colored pencils. The accessible language effortlessly introduces new vocabulary (Hatchlings go forth, Fox cubs nuzzle, Beaver kits swim, Owlets huddle) and the drawings provide lots of little details while their muted tones evoke feelings of safety and serenity. This is a lovely introduction to how animals survive outdoors, and a good way to encourage conversation, whether comparing and contrasting types of forest dwellings during story hour, or chatting about how critters manage to stay warm and dry as they snuggle down to sleep. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.