December 9, 2012

My First Day

cover image of My First Day
Steve Jenkins

This beautiful picture book shows 22 different animals immediately after birth. The first day of life is explained in brief text and textured cut-paper illustrations. Among the featured animals are the wood duck, Emperor penguin, wildebeest, and leatherback turtle. Contrasts are featured: the kiwi is self-sufficient from birth yet the Siberian tiger cub can’t open its eyes on day one. A glossary gives more information on each animal including the fact that a mother zebra spends the first hour of her baby’s life memorizing his unique stripe patterns. A treasure from the Caldecott Honor-winning team that created What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (2003) Ages 4-7