Forget the birds and the bees, let’s learn about how mammals make babies and look after them!
This beautifully presented science book explains the facts of life by looking at reproduction and birth in mammal species. Through short, concise texts and warm, engaging illustrations, we learn about fertilisation, gestation, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting across the mammalian order. Did you know that, unlike other mammals, whale calves are born tail first, so that the mother can push them to the surface to breathe as soon as they emerge? Or that echidnas do not have nipples? Their young lick milk that seeps from pores in their chests.
Easily understood by kids as young as four, this is an informative and enjoyable way of learning about babies and where they come from.
Cathy Evans is a vet and a writer living in Bournemouth with two boys and a menagerie of animals. She is the author of Cat Eyes and Dog Whistles (Cicada, 2021).
Bia Melo is a recent graduate of the CSACBI children’s book illustration programme. Her degree projects were Highly Commended for The Macmillan Prize and selected at the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Awards and the dPICTUS showcase at Bologna Book Fair.
Mama Mammalsby Cathy Evans (Author) andBia Melo (Illustrator)