by Bridget Heos, Stephane Jorisch (Illustrator)
Published January 1st 2012 by Millbrook Press
Congratulations, crocodilian parents-to-be! You have little ones on the way. They’re called hatchlings. Read this book to find out where to lay your eggs, how you’ll know when the babies are ready to hatch, and what you and your babies will do all day long. Whether you’re an alligator, caiman, crocodile, or even a funny-looking gharial, you’ll find answers to all your parenting questions here. But there’s one condition: don’t eat the book!
I really enjoyed this book. It is one of the cutest educational books for kids I have yet to read. It has great pictures and is filled with tons of interesting facts about the Crocodilian family, especially pertaining to having babies and raising them.
There is a lot of potential for this book to be a teaching tool in a lower school classroom. It is entertaining, while at the same time being factual. Come on, every kids learns about alligators and the like at some time in school, this would be a great resource to have in your room. There is a glossary and a section for additional resources, including a webpage that is connected with this book.
This is not a super quick read, since it is not a lighthearted, fanciful story, so just be aware of that. It is not super long, but there is quite a bit of reading on each page. Lower school students would also like this book as a beginning reader type book. There are enough words that are longer, harder words that it could work and it is educational, which is a bonus.
There are also full page pictures that follow along with each question in the book since this is written in more of a question and answer type format, not so much story telling. As an adult there are tons of questions that you can ask your kids to prompt them to identify things in the pictures that mirror what they are reading about.
I would highly recommend this book for kids age 3 to maybe 6 or 7, but there is enough information is this book that even adults will learn something new from it. You could easily read this to younger children, but they may not get as much out of it, and my get bored quick, since it is a bit longer.
I would definitely buy this book for a friend of relative having a baby, I guess I need to create a loom knit alligator to go along with it!
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.