Forest Babies

Series of 8 titles

What are baby owls called? Baby deer? Early readers will learn these names and more about furry forest babies. Adorable, vibrant photography and tightly controlled text work together to provide an engaging and supportive early reading experience. Each title in Forest Babies includes tools for teachers as well as introductory nonfiction features such as labels, a table of contents, words to know, and an index.

Title   GRL Format Qty
Cover: Bear Cubs Bear Cubs C
Cover: Deer Fawns Deer Fawns C
Cover: Fox Kits Fox Kits C
Cover: Owlets Owlets C
Cover: Rabbit Kits Rabbit Kits C
Cover: Raccoon Cubs Raccoon Cubs C
Cover: Skunk Kits Skunk Kits C
Cover: Squirrel Kits Squirrel Kits C
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Preschool
Category Beginning Readers, STEM
Subject Animals, Animals, Science and Math, STEM
Copyright 2019
Publisher Jump!
Imprint Tadpole Books
Language English
Number of Pages 16
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Dewey 598.9-599.7813
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Lexile 40-160
Guided Reading Level C
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


Series Made Simple

New readers are the intended audience for these short and simple titles. Most sentences consist of a repeated pronoun plus a verb. The words on three spreads from Deer Fawns, for example, are: “It hides. It eats. It drinks.” The intentionally basic and repetitive language is a good fit for beginning readers. The narrative works in most cases. Owlets is less successful because the text seems to indicate a single animal, while the photos clearly show different owls in action. Highly appealing photographs heighten interest and appeal. Skunks at play, a staring owlet, and four climbing bear cubs are especially engaging examples, though a photo of an empty tree in Squirrel Kits acts only as filler.VERDICT Strong animal-oriented choices for kids just learning to read.