Irene Brady has outdone herself in her exquisite sketchbook of western canyon youngsters. The well-known author/artist has combined scientific objectivity with a delicacy in her drawings and narrative that make the small creatures in this book utterly adorable. I wanted to rush right out into a canyon and find myself some baby pets but of course, as Ms. Brady points out, capturing and keeping a wild baby will usually result in its death and sorrow for its mother. And so her lovely book is the best possible way to make the acquaintance of these enchanting youngsters and their adventurous childhoods.
Bobcat, squirrel, bat, deer, hawk and bear babies are chronicled from their mothers' nesting, through birth and childhood, to young adulthood. The drawings include scientifically accurate vignettes which explain fascinating details of animal behavior. Children and adults alike will enjoy the magic of this stunning book.