Little kids love baby animals. Steve Jenkins and Robin Page combine their trademark magic with this time-tested favorite subject of preschoolers to bring us My First Day. The book explores what happens on the first day of life for twenty-three different newborn animals. The species represented here are incredibly diverse. Kids will see familiar animals: zebras and tigers and penguins. And the not so familiar: sifakas and megapodes and muntjacs. The text also emphasizes the great diversity in the animal world. We learn that some animals are all alone from birth while others are protected by their parents. Some can’t even open their eyes; others are walking on day one. As always, Jenkins’ paper-collage illustrations are fantastic. This is one best for preschoolers or early elementary, the text gives only one or two facts about each animal and older kids will likely be wanting more. Younger kids will find this a great intro to the animal world. (And there are short blurbs about each animal mentioned in the book on the end pages for those kids who do want to read more about a particular animal.)
Steve Jenkins is a favorite here. Below are previous reviews I’ve done of some of his books:
What Do You do When Something Wants to Eat You?, I See a Kookaburra and Move
The Beetle Book and Just a Second
Time to Eat
A link to Steve Jenkins’ website (with a great demo on how he makes those illustrations)
This book is a nominee for a Cybils Award in the Elementary and Middle Grade Non-Fiction category for which I am a Round One panelist. I obtained a copy of the book from my library.