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Saturday 4 April 2020

Review: The Mummy Animal Book

For those interested in words, and especially those with children who have an enquiring mind and a thirst for knowledge, any book by Tasmanian author and artist Jennifer Cossins is ideal. She increases her collection of valuable publications with a title that introduces the noun name of the mother animal and that of the baby.

The Mummy Animal Book is composed of fourteen double spreads of mother and baby animals. It is presented in a compact size which will comfortably fit into any child’s hands and book bag.

A mummy swan is called a pen. A baby swan is called a signet. Each definition is followed by an interesting fact about the specific bird or animal. If a cygnet gets tired of swimming, its mum will carry it around on its back.

The layout and design are attractive. Coloured text signifies important words. The page opposite the text depicts the mother and baby animal. The use of striking colour in the images draws attention to the intimate and protective mother/child relationship. Each entry is simple and effective.

Some of Cossins’ other titles include 101 Collective Nouns, The Ultimate Animal Counting Book, The Flamboyance of Flamingos, The Daddy Animal Book and A – Z of Endangered Animals.

Title: The Mummy Animal Book
Author/Illustrator: Jennifer Cossins
Publisher: Hachette, $9.99
Publication Date: February 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780734419897
For ages: 5+
Type: Non Fiction