Faces Only a Mother Could Love

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Faces only a mother could love? It's an arguable point, as Jennifer Owings Dewey's full-color pencil illustrations of the dinner-plate-eyed tarsier and baby chimp would tenderize the hardest of hearts. As you coo over the odd baby faces (except maybe that of the Hawaiian tree snail), you'll learn plenty of intriguing animal facts. Did you know that a tarsier baby can fit into a tablespoon when it's first born, baby rhinos aren't born with horns, and anteater tongues are two feet long? Dewey, award-winning author of Wildlife Rescue, has illustrated more than 30 books for children and adults.

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Grade 2-4-Dewey examines 16 mother and child relationships within the animal kingdom, including humans. The animals selected vary inexplicably from very specific (Jackson's chameleon) to very general (frogs). The lifeless writing is hardly more than a series of facts about each creature loosely strung together. Wording is often misleading. Sometimes, the information is plainly incorrect: "The face visible on the brown sphinx moth caterpillar is a pretend face. The real face is at the other end of the caterpillar's body." In fact, both faces are visible (one has to look a little closer to see the real one). But more importantly, both are at the same end of the caterpillar. The colored-pencil illustrations are flat as well, often contradicting the text. Readers are told that a baby rhino does not have a horn, yet both the large and small rhinos depicted are horned. Most of the drawings are of an adult female and her offspring. However, the entry for the sphinx moth caterpillar shows a juvenile form but not an adult moth while the entry for the paper wasp neglects the larvae but shows the adult wasp, albeit with a few eggs. Indeed, the text states that some animals like the frog and hognose snake will never see their babies, leaving one wondering about the whole premise of the book.?Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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