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Children's Nonfiction Baby Animals

West Coast Wild Babies

by (author) Deborah Hodge

illustrated by Karen Reczuch

Publisher
Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2020
Category
Baby Animals, Zoology, Environmental Science & Ecosystems
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781773062488
    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781773062495
    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
    List Price
    $16.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7

Description

In this second book in the West Coast Wild series, readers will meet the baby animals born in the pristine wilderness of the Pacific west coast, including land and marine mammals, fish, birds and amphibians.

It’s spring on the Pacific west coast and new life is stirring! Wild babies are being born — in the ocean, on the shore and deep inside the ancient rainforest. Wolf pups, cougar kittens, bear cubs and whale calves all begin their life in the pristine wilderness of this magnificent place.

Young readers will meet a fascinating group of fourteen wild baby animals — including land and marine mammals, fish, birds and amphibians — and learn about the special bonds between offspring and parents, and how the newborns move toward independence. Readers will see an extraordinary community of animals thriving in an interconnected web of life.

In this second book in the West Coast Wild series, Deborah Hodge takes readers through the spectacular land and seascapes of the Pacific Rim region, introducing familiar animals such as sea otters and eagles, and lesser known species such as pelagic cormorants and rufous hummingbirds. Karen Reczuch’s beautiful illustrations are detailed and lifelike, and convey a lovely sense of warmth between the wild parents and their young. The text and art have been carefully checked for scientific accuracy.

Includes a note about the Pacific west coast and the need to preserve its rare and awe-inspiring wilderness regions, as well as a list for further reading and exploration.

Key Text Features
further reading
illustrations
informational note
author's note

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.5
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

About the authors

Deborah Hodge is the author of more than twenty-five books for children. She specializes in writing engaging non-fiction for young readers and loves the challenge of using few words to explain big thoughts. Many of Deborah’s books have received awards and have been published internationally. Her honors include the Information Book Award of Canada and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and she was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Her work has also appeared on ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth. Deborah lives in Vancouver.

Deborah Hodge's profile page

Karen Reczuch has illustrated many award-winning children’s books. Loon by Susan Vande Griek won the TD Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Picture Book Award and the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Information Book Award. Karen’s other publications include West Coast Wild, winner of the VCLR Information Book Award; The Auction by Jan Andrews, a Governor General’s Award finalist; Just Like New by Ainslie Manson, winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; and Salmon Creek, winner of the BC Book Prize. Karen’s work includes scientific, historical and archeological illustration, and has been exhibited internationally.

Karen Reczuch's profile page

Awards

  • Commended, Mighty Village Spring Book Picks

Editorial Reviews

[A]n absolutely stunning companion to the pairs’ earlier work, West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet. … [W]hether we’re high in the trees or low on the forest floor, we not only have a unique glimpse of the natural wonders that abound on the Pacific West Coast but the warm relationships that animal babies share with their parents.

Globe and Mail

This informative introduction will be especially useful in the Pacific West Coast region, but it has a wider appeal to a broad audience in both locale and age. A succinct and satisfying first look at some fascinating creatures.

Kirkus Reviews

Stunning watercolor and color pencil illustrations bring the subjects into sharp focus in authentic settings. … This series is a wonderful way to foster in young readers an appreciation of the awesome nature of the west coast.

Canadian Review of Materials

[A] worthwhile addition to picture-book shelves, especially on the West Coast.

Booklist

Other titles by Deborah Hodge

Other titles by Karen Reczuch

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