Reading the newly-released Born in the Wild by Lita Judge this morning was an absolute joy.
This non-fiction book reads as easily as fiction, with every page turn revealing a new baby mammal with its mother.
My own sweet puppy Bea turns one year old today. She’s such a good girl, and I’m privileged to be her momma!
Reading Born in the Wild gave me a chance to indulge myself in a nostalgic look back at Bea’s first year of life. Maybe that’s why it tugged at my heart strings.
I think I said “Aww…how darling!” and “How sweet!” at least ten times, even in response to the musk ox herd protecting a baby. Can you find him?
Lita Judge is uniquely qualified to write and illustrate a book about animals. Her childhood was filled with wildlife: bears, hawks, owls, cats, dogs, eagles, and more. The experiences she had as a child helped shape her dream of one day creating books for children. You can read more about Lita’s childhood and about her love of animals on her website.
Lita still observes nature every day from her home in the woods of New Hampshire. This may explain her incredible ability to capture the unique expressions of the animals in her illustrations.
Just look at the little faces on this passel of possums!
I love books that you can enjoy on multiple levels, and that is the case with this book. If you are reading Born in the Wild with a very young child, you can simply read the nine larger sentences that divide the 48-page book into sections, such as “The baby is hungry!” and “The baby needs protection.” The playful illustrations will entertain even the youngest child.
With older children, or just for your own enjoyment, you can dive in more deeply and read the descriptive paragraphs that accompany each of the twenty-six animals. Born in the Wild is the perfect book for children of all ages!
One of my all-time favorite picture books is another Lita Judge classic—red sled. I didn’t think any book could surpass it…but Born in the Wild did just that.
What’s your favorite animal? Share in the comments below.
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