June 2015, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copies
Content: animal facts, photos,
Summary from Amazon (Publisher website unavailable, I don't gain by mentioning Amazon)
Follow one newborn elephant calf from his birth on the African grasslands to adulthood, photographed close-up in the wild by award-winning photographer Suzie Eszterhas. See the calf learning to use his trunks and tusks, playing in the waterholes and meeting other young elephants. At last, when he is fifteen years old, the elephant is ready to leave the herd and explore the African plains by himself.
Follow three tiger cubs from birth to adulthood, photographed close-up in the wild by award-winning photographer Suzi Eszterhas. See the cubs exploring and tumbling, pouncing on sticks and splashing in water, boxing and play-fighting until, at two years old, they are fully grown and ready to rule a territory of their own.
I'm reviewing these books together to save repeating myself for the format. Each book follows the life of the named animal from birth to adulthood, using stunning photos which take up a large amount of the page (this is a good thing!) to capture the super cute antics. I felt like I could reach out and touch the tiger cub and baby elephant as they played and had fun.
Nature is rather wonderful, and I'm certain many readers will want to find out more information about these and other animals just by reading these books. I know I could stare at some pages for a long time, it's easy to imagine the joy as the baby elephant plays in the water, and the tiger cub play-fights with siblings. I do wonder how many photos were taken to narrow the choices to the ones in each book – definitely hundreds!
Find out more on Suzi's website.
Other fact filled wildlife read is Top Trumps: Baby Animals (Children's, Non-fiction, 10/10E)