Review: ZooBorns by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

The photos of all the little baby animals born in zoos around the world make ZooBorns the cutest book I’ve read in years. The critters are just adorable, from the Fennac Fox pictured on the cover above to the Tawny Frogmouths born in Sea World, show below. Several photos of each baby are included, all in full color filling the 6 inch square pages. They’re detailed and just a delight.

Each “Zoo Born’s” name is given, along with their species, home, date of birth and status, whether or not the species is endangered. There’s also a little blurb telling more about the animal, maybe how they would live in the wild or how they are being taken care of.

Few books are truly for all ages, but I think this one is. The pictures are so adorable and little kids are just fascinated by animals that I can see them loving just looking at the photos and being told the animal’s names. For older kids, at least ones like my daughter, and adults, the tidbits are fascinating and we can appreciate how beautiful and unique the animals are. I also like how it connects the zoos with the hope of keeping animals from becoming extinct. I know zoos aren’t the perfect solution, and some are better than others, but they are doing what they can to protect the diversity of the world’s populations.

Check out their website, ZooBorns, for more precious photos.

photo: ZooBorns

Purchase at Amazon or an Indie bookstore.

150 pages
Published November 2, 2010 by Simon & Schuster

5 out of 5 stars

Library book

8 Comments

  1. I think I would suffer Cuteness Overload if I picked this one up! I can just imagine trying to pet/cuddle/tickle the photographs and have multiple people around me roll their eyes at my endless cries of “I want one!!”

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