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. Volume XIX Number 10. . . .November 9, 2012
In this picture book for children aged 5-8, originally written in Spanish, readers are introduced to a variety of animal adaptive behaviours. The majority of examples relate to the protection of animal young, using such descriptors as "community", "selflessness," " altruism," "solidarity," "trust" etc. Flamingoes that cooperate to look after their offspring, octopi selflessly protecting their eggs, baby crocodiles using their mother's mouth as a place of refuge and male penguins protecting each other and their eggs from the bitter cold are a few examples of these intriguing behaviours.
The text, by award-winning author Rebeca Orozco, is clear, concise and bound to engage the interest of young readers who would be unaware that ascribing human attributes to animals is rather over-simplistic in this context. The information is presented in large readable print, making it accessible and easy to absorb. Some elaboration in the preface as to the survival imperative in general would have focussed the examples and given a more scientific approach.
Overall, It's Our Nature is an appealing, readable book for young children on a topic that always fascinates and will make a satisfactory addition to most library and individual collections.
Recommended with reservations.
Aileen Wortley is a retired librarian living in Toronto, ON.
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