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Mama's Wild Child / Papa's Wild Child
Mama's Wild Child / Papa's Wild Child
By author: Dianna Hutts Aston   Illustrated by: Nora Hilb
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Binding Information: Paperback 
3  - 6
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Price: $7.95
A human mama tucks her child into bed with stories of wild animal mamas, like a kangaroo that keeps her joey safe in her pouch. Flip the book over and a papa shares stories of wild papas that care for their young like a fish that carries his small fry in his mouth then spits them back into the nest.

Nora Hilb’s warmly hued illustrations capture the special relationships animal offspring share with their mamas and papas.

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  • Reviews
      Kirkus Reviews - January 15, 2006
    While one among many in the "If I were your . . ." genre, this stands out, nonetheless, for its softly sweet illustrations and the factual information it presents. Unlike most flip books, this one does not simply repeat, substituting "papa" for "mama." Instead, six different animals and their young are highlighted by each parent as they tuck their own "wild child" into bed at night. From the jungle and the ocean to Antarctica and the plains, the habitats and animals are widely varied. Facts are nestled both in the text itself and in a separate sentence within the illustration. The focus is on some of the more amazing facts about the animal kingdom - llama mamas hum to communicate, while male seahorses can become pregnant the same day they give birth. Even if these fail to sustain, the onomatopoetic descriptions of some animal behavior surely will - papa fish catchy stray fry in their mouths and "spit-tooey" them back into the nest. Hilb's illustrations are amazing realistic in color and form, but at the same time tailored to a younger audience - the animals have soft expressions and could easily be stuffed toys. Nicely done.
      School Library Journal - March 1, 2006
    In this "Flip-me-over Book," a human mother and father each tell a child how various animals – whales, penguins, etc. – care for their young. "If I were your chimpanzee mama and you were my chimp....I would build us a sleeping platform so we could rock-a-bye in the treetops...." Each spread includes additional information in small type explaining the particular behavior: "Each day a chimp mother builds a fresh bed of leaves for herself and her baby." Both stories conclude with the adult tucking the youngster in bed with a kiss. The calm, sweet language is embellished by Hilb's illustrations done in ink and pencil on watercolor paper. The book has an attractive layout - enough realistic detail in the pictures, but not so much as to be busy. The many features of this title work together quite nicely.
      NSTA Recommends - December 1, 2006
    Preschool and primary teachers looking for an entertaining way to introduce young children to nature will find this book a great way to begin. Young children will be delighted to discover the ways that animals care for their young. Mama's Wild Child/Papa's Wild Child is a cleverly designed flip-book that provides simple, engaging prose describing behaviors of animal parents.

    This book is especially appropriate for pre-K and first-grade listeners. One half of the book is devoted to animal fathers. The emperor penguin, swan, stickelback fish, ostrich, wolf, and seahorse are the featured animal fathers, as well as a human one. Readers can then flip the book over to read from the opposite direction and learn about animal mothers, including a chimpanzee, harp seal, humpback whale, llama, kangaroo, crocodile, as well as a human.

    Each animal receives a two-page spread. The limited text is accompanied by full-page, colorful illustrations that will hold the interest of young learners. In addition, there is smaller text undulating under the illustrations on the right-hand pages. This gives teachers one detailed feature about each animal’s behavior and provides a means for extending the story into beginning lessons on animal behavior and parental care. This would make a wonderful book to read aloud, which could then be placed at a center or library area for further viewing.