Young children are often fascinated by babies, human and otherwise. Butler’s book, Whose Baby Am I ?, will be a favorite for young animal lovers. Each baby animal is matched with the repetitive questions, “Whose baby am I?” Turn the page and you find the answer along with a charming illustration of the adult animal. The animals are realistically drawn but using facial features and body positions, they have an anthropomorphic feel.
The book includes many favorite animals including koala bears, pandas, seals, polar bears and more. The final double spread is an easy guessing game matching the baby to the parent. This is an interactive book that provides a solid early language experience using repetitive language, it can introduce new animals, and, visually, it reinforces the bond between parent and child.
The illustrations are simple, just the animals on pastel-colored backgrounds. The book works for a group or a single child. The final spread includes all the baby animals with the appropriate name for the baby. For example the koala bear is “Joey.”
To add to the fun, follow Whose Baby Am I ? with Whose Nose and Toes ? also by Butler. The format is identical; most of the animals are different. Children will have fun looking at only the nose and toes and guessing the animals. The same repetition and question and answer format makes this an equally great early language experience. Enjoy them both.