A Pinky Is a Baby Mouse

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.

Ages 4-6.

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