by Francis Zweifel -- illustrated by Irene Brady
Because humans aren't the only ones to use babysitters!
All around the world, animal "aunts" and "uncles" babysit the babies
of their own herds, troops or flocks. Older range cows watch over several little calves while their mothers are away.
Each baby African elephant has a female teenage baby-sitter who chooses it at birth as a special responsibility.
Japanese macaque monkeys have "uncles" -- young males that hold, walk and groom the babies and teach them to find food.
And a whole flock of acorn woodpeckers takes care of one nestful of chicks!
You aren't alone, kids! Everybody's doin' it!
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
"An attractive, positive subject, suitably shaped for the audience and pleasantly set off by Brady's warm earth-colored drawings." Kirkus, 9/81
"Zweifel's even text looks at the role of animal aunts in several species...explaining how such help strengthens the group. Brady's pictures, soft, realistic, sepia-washed drawings, are a pleasant accompaniment." Booklist,10/81
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