Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What to Expect When You're Expecting Hatchlings by Bridget Héos with illustrations by Stéphane Jorisch

Are you a crocodilian parent-to-be? Congratulations! You're expecting a hatchling! Wait - make that several hatchlings. The next few months will be a busy time. There are eggs to lay, nests to make, and predators to ward off. And once the babies arrive they'll be so small that they'll completely depend on you for protection. But don't worry - within two years they'll be off on their own. You're about to embark on a wonderful journey of parenthood!

After previously reading about kangaroo parents and parents of larvae, I knew that I was in for a treat with What to Expect When You're Expecting Hatchlings. Baby alligators and crocodiles weren't something I'd ever given a lot of though about before, so I had a lot to learn. This third book has the same tongue-in-cheek humour of the other two, and the illustrations seem zany and down-to-earth at the same time (they have a healthy streak of realism mixed with a large dose of anthropomorphism). This book is a great fit for classrooms, school/public libraries, and the personal shelves of kids who have a curiosity about the natural world.

Learn more about Bridget Héos at her website

I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Lerner Books.

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Read it with:
What to Expect When You're Expecting Joeys by Bridget Héos
What to Expect When You're Expecting Larvae by Bridget Héos
Alligators and Crocodiles by Gail Gibbons

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