Animals and Their Families

By Barbara Nascimbeni , Barbara Nascimbeni and Lesley Zimic

From 2 to 4 | 72, color

Featuring playful illustrations and small vignettes of text, Animals and Their Families crosses continents and habitats to introduce children to nearly three dozen land-, sea-, and tree-dwelling animals including gazelles, penguins, owls, and more. Each spread is rich with information and will help a child explore the animal kingdom in many simple and accessible ways. A new creature is introduced in silhouette, while the facing page shows that same creature in its natural habitat, playing with, caring for, or teaching its young.
All members of the animal family — male and female, adult and baby — are illustrated in warm colors and identified by the proper term. Small bits of text share the sound each animals makes, where it lives, and what it eats with young readers. Animals and Their Families is a must-have book for any young child curious about the animal kingdom. 
The soft, gentle illustrations and the super sturdy page stock make this book attractive for little ones to 'read' on their own. A good choice for the preschool animal bookshelf. -
Simple in scope and polished in execution...illustrations lean toward the anthropomorphic (smiley faces and rosy cheeks abound), giving the book ample charm.
...cute and entertaining but also teaches something...a beautiful book! - YA Books Central
An innovative approach to discovering and celebrating animals of all kinds. - CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
Animals and Their Families transcends national boundaries and is an excellent learning experience. - Children's Bookwatch: The Midwest Book Review
[Children] will enjoy viewing the rosy-cheeked creatures and trying to name the animals when they reappear in silhouette on the endpapers. - School Library Journal
Nascimbeni's affectionate animal portraits give this [book] loads of visual appeal...the handsome art, sturdy book construction, kid-centric topic, and simplified presentation of information gives this a number of uses. - Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
A fun book that takes children across continents and shows them nearly three dozen animals and their families. - Resource Links
Parents' Choice Award, Books: Picture Book category, Silver, 2012
A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy, 2012

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