Inspired by the fact that a baby spiny anteater is a puggle (!), Pam Munoz Ryan wrote A Pinky Is a Baby Mouse to introduce young children to animal families ranging from spiders to lions. Her delightful text is accompanied by very detailed and realistic illustrations by Diane deGroat.
I had picked up a secondhand copy this book for kiddo because it’s featured on the Maine Animal Coalition’s book list. While there isn’t a strong animal protection message — in fact, one of the illustrations appears to depict a zoo — I think this book is a good addition to our shelves because it’s engaging and informative. This book invites us to engage with the natural world around us: a world teeming with fingerlings, polliwogs, spikes, and elvers.