Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 8
- Grade: 2 to 3
- Reading age: 5 to 8
It is spring in the mountains of Alaska, and a female Dall's sheep is born on the high cliffs, sheltered from predators and the worst of the blowing snow. The lamb has a weak leg, but her heart is strong, and she scrambles over the cliffs after her mother and seeks out the company of other lambs that have also settled in the mountain meadow. Over the short summer months, the lamb will need experience in running up the cliffs when grizzlies and other predators make their way to the meadow. Only then will she be safe from harm as she continues to grow to adulthood in the cold months ahead.
About the authors
Aubrey Lang has been a freelance writer and photographer for more than fifteen years. A science writer and wildlife photographer for the past twenty-five years, Wayne Lynch has seen his work published in more than two dozen countries. Together they've produced nearly forty titles for children and adults, and countless articles in well-known nature magazines, including Ranger Rick, Owl, Wild, National Wildlife and Canadian Geographic.
Recognized and respected as one of North America's leading wildlife and natural history photographers, Wayne Lynch has spent the last forty-two years capturing images of wildlife in wild places the world over. His impressive photo credits include hundreds of magazine covers, thousands of calendar shots, and tens of thousands of images published in over sixty countries. Lynch is also an award-winning science writer, a popular guest lecturer, and a veteran photo safari leader. His practical and entertaining approach to natural history, whether it be through the written or spoken word, has attracted the admiration of audiences worldwide. He has photographed both common and unusual creatures in their native habitat in more than fifty countries, travelling extensively for long periods of time and often undergoing considerable physical hardship to get the "perfect shot."
With an exceptional ability to write for both adults and children, Lynch has authored more than fifth highly acclaimed natural history books, including The Great Northern Kingdom: Life in the Boreal Forest, Wild Birds Across the Prairies, Penguins of the World,Mountain Bears, Bear: Monarchs of the Northern Wilderness, A is for Arctic: Natural Wonders of a Polar World, The Nature Babies Series and the wildly popular children's book The Scoop on Poop: The Fascinating Science of How Animals Use Poop.
Lynch is a Fellow of the internationally recognized Explorers Club and Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America. Lynch lives in Calgary with his wife of forty-five years, Aubrey Lang.
"Aubrey Lang and Wayne Lynch have combined their talents to create an informative book on baby mountain sheep that would appeal to readers aged six through ten. . . Lang uses age appropriate vocabulary in this story making it accessible to young readers and larger read-aloud audiences."
— CM Magazine
"Written with a storylike tone and style, the simple yet informative details of the Dall sheep's life are presented in a warm voice sure to please youngsters. . . Overall, a fine presentation."
— School Library Journal
"The photographs taken by Wayne Lynch are superb. Full page spreads are supplemented with smaller pictures balancing the text on the opposite page creating a visually pleasing arrangement."
— Resource Links
Baby Mountain Sheep (Nature Babies)In the Alaskan mountains, a baby sheep is born on the high cliffs, sheltered from predators and blowing snow. Follow it over the ensuing months as it starts to learn about life on the mountains and how to survive. Includes a “Did You Know?” section of interesting facts and an index.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.
Other titles by Aubrey Lang
Other titles by Wayne Lynch
Treasured Symbols of the North
Wildlife of the Rockies for Kids
Bears of the North
A Year Inside Their Worlds
A Celebration of Prairie Birds
The Illustrated Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation
The Scoop on Poop: The Fascinating Science of How Animals Use Poop
A Traveler's Introduction
Biology, Behavior, and Conservation