Mama Mammals: Reproduction and Birth in Mammals

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$16.99  $15.80
Cicada Books
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9.13 X 11.65 X 0.39 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author
Cathy Evans is a vet and a writer living in Bournemouth with two boys and a menagerie of animals including seven chickens and a pig. She is the author of Cat Eyes and Dog Whistles (Cicada, 2021).

Bia Melo is a Brazilian illustrator and designer living in London. She is a recent graduate of the Cambridge School of Arts Children's Book Illustration programme (CSACBI). Her graduate project, House Hunting, won runner up in the Macmillan Illustration Prize, 2022.

"Consider this title a helpful way to start talking with kids about where we come from and how we're made. Basically, this is the whole mammal world and how we're just a part of it. Birth canals and all." - Fuse 8 / School Library Journal

"A factual and in-depth account of pregnancy and raising young from many mammal species including humans. This book contains high-level vocabulary such as altricial and precocial newborns (hard to say, but well defined and contains easy-to-understand examples). Every child eventually becomes curious about where they come from, and how they are made, and this book gives accurate information without graphic details." - YA Books Central

"Readers of all levels can engage with the material, whether it be the illustrations or the two different levels of text - captions identify details in the pictures while a text block gives a broad overview of the topic on that particular two-page spread. I like Mama Mammals because of how accessible the content is and how appealing the illustrations are. In short, you'll get a very good grasp of mammalian reproduction and enjoy the learning experience. This is one more excellent example of the laudable direction children's nonfiction has taken." - Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk Blog

"Double-page spreads with short descriptions; charming, childlike drawings (still with enough anatomical detail to be recognizable); and fun related facts about a variety of animals introduce reproduction topically." - Booklist

"Full of information. The illustrations are kid-friendly and cute." - Youth Services Book Review

"What a gorgeous introduction to all things reproductive biology this is! Conception, gestation and birth spanning many mammal species, including humans, is gently but accurately depicted through Melo's soft illustrations and explained through Evans' matter of fact style. A perfect book to share with key stage one children - either in one go or to dip in and out of." - The Literacy Tree, UK