Australian Baby Animals by Frané Lessac

Australian Baby Animals by Frané Lessac. Candlewick Press, c2019, 2021. 9781536215274

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format:  Hardcover

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book?   Young readers are introduced to a variety of Australian creatures, both well-known and unique. The book groups the animals by the terms used for their babies.  Joeys includes baby kangaroos, wombats, possums, koalas and Tasmanian devils.  Readers meet hatchling crocodiles and pythons. Chicks includes emus, cockatoos, and kookaburras, while the flying fox and dingo have pups.  Unique babies are the seahorse fry, echidna puggle, and the platypup of the platypus.   Each parent and baby animal fill a colorful double page spread.  Each animal is introduced along with an additional interesting fact in a smaller font.  “High in a gum tree, a sleepy koala joey cuddles its mom.  A koala joey can nap up to twenty hours a day.”  The bright gouache illustrations are enchanting.  A wonderful introduction to the animals of Australia. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers who love animals will love getting to know these creatures from Australia. 

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  September 20, 2021

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