A baby scorpion rides on its mother′s back.
A baby alligator hides in its mother′s mouth!
What about a baby leopard? A baby elephant?
Read and find out how animal babies stay safe.
Using a variety of examples from the animal world (and including the human animal), Fraser presents the ways adults protect their young. For instance, baby alligators ride in their mother's mouth, others ride on back, in a pouch, or are carried by the scruff of their necks. The book also mentions ways parents signal warnings, attack or trick predators, use camouflage, or rely on the community for protection. Realistic and full-color pictures are clear, action is clean, and vocabulary used is appropriate to the age group without intrusive italics or boldface of words such as camouflage or instinct to mar the page design. Five more facts at the end tell a bit more about an animal's safety features, such as house design of a beaver with a follow-up question "What do you live in, and how does it keep you safe?" as a way of starting discussion, a useful feature for parents and teachers. There is also a page of procedures to follow if you find a baby animal. A real plus are the designer endpapers which feature a forest of wild animals and invite endless pointing and naming. All and all, a great addition to the "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out" series, Level 1. 2002, HarperCollins,