Carry Me! Animal Babies on the Move
Written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale
32 pages, ages 2-6
Peachtree Publishers, 2008
When it’s time to go out we tuck baby into the stroller or baby carrier and head to the store, library or wherever our busy lives take us. So, too, with animal mothers – albeit sans strollers. Susan Stockdale’s bold, bright illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce young children to the variety of ways animal babies are carried about.
Some babies hitch rides on their mother’s backs while others hang below, clinging to their bellies. The African Jacana tucks her young beneath a wing and holds them tight to her body – in much the same way that my grandmother used to carry her pocketbook.
Coyotes grip their babies in their teeth, alligators carry their young in their jaws and African Cichlid fish carry theirs about in their mouths. Whether they are nestled in their parent’s feathers or held in their arms, animal babies are “safe and snug, the way your mother carried you,” writes Stockdale.
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