Illustrated by: Andrew Barthelmes
Published by: Science, Naturally!
If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and their Mothersby Dia L. Michels
All over the world, in all kinds of habitats, mothers bring forth new life. For many animals, such as reptiles and amphibians, mothering responsibilities end before the babies are even born. But mammals need their mothers—they need to be nurtured and nourished long enough to learn how to survive on their own.
All mammal mothers feed, protect, and teach their young, even though these tasks often challenge their own needs for survival. But a mammal baby’s journey to maturity varies dramatically depending on whether it is a bear or a bat, a shrew or a seal, a hippopotamus or a human. This fascinating introduction to the world of mammals reveals how fourteen mammal babies travel the path from helpless infants to self-sufficient adults.