Venture deep into the jungle on an animal-naming safari in The Jungle Book: A BabyLit® Animals Primer. Spy a sneaky snake, a lazy bear, and a proud panther before roaring like a tiger into the night. Jennifer Adam’s carefully curated quotations provide the best of Rudyard Kipling’s descriptions of Kaa, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and more while teaching little ones the characteristics of these colorful jungle animals.
I’m not a fan of Kipling’s original novel, and this BabyLit animals primer doesn’t do much for me. The illustrations are very cute, but it’s essentially just a book with names of animals, and there are a lot of books with names of animals out there. Because The Jungle Book in its original format isn’t really something I want my kids reading anyway, having character names and quotes from the novel just seems busy and confusing.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Washington. She has 20 years’ experience as a book editor, including at Gibbs Smith and Quirk Books. She currently works as a consulting editor for Sounds True, developing their children’s line. Jennifer works some evenings at her local independent bookstore, The King’s English, to feed her book habit. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Bill Dunford, who is also a writer.