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Wild Animal Baby

Wild Animal Baby

Spring 2012 Magazines
Ages: 2 - 4 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $3.50
Subscription Price: $19.95 / 10 Issues

Let me introduce this magazine by stating the obvious: children love baby animals. Many children also enjoy finding particular objects and colors in a picture, and counting animals, and matching shapes in the books they read. Wild Animal Baby offers ample opportunities for young readers to exercise all of these interests. Each issue features a particular baby wild animal in its cover story, which discusses the eating habits and living habitats of the animal alongside a few attractive photos. Each issue also presents a few simple learning activities such as matching colors or animal shapes, and a feature called "I Can," which pictures an activity, such as drinking or yawning, that both baby zoo animals and baby human animals do. There are two stories in each magazine: the animated short "Animal Baby Explorers" and the series "Out and About." These are appealing to look at and often deal with interesting topics, but are a bit thin and underdeveloped, sometimes leaving young readers a bit disappointed or confused. Nevertheless, the excitement of the numerous baby animal pictures and facts make up for this minor problem. The magazine is nicely made, with high quality paper and graphics that will appeal to little ones and withstand a bit of rough handling.

Naomi Lesley   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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