Award winning writer Mary Batten demonstrates her talent in her new book, Hey Daddy: Animal Fathers and their Babies. Batten reinforces for all fathers and their children (and their children's moms) the significant role that fathers play in nature.
Contrary to some popular beliefs, all fathers in nature don't abandon their young to the exclusive rearing by a mother. Animal fathers in many species are very involved in protecting, rearing, and even giving birth to their young (I won't spoil the surprise, but a well known aquatic animal father actually bears the children). This tender book helps all of us better understand the role of fathers in the lives of their children in nature, and to see that human fathers who are nurturing and involved with their children are perfectly natural.
Higgins Bond, the acclaimed artist who illustrates this book, does an exceptional job of portraying the animal fathers' story. Your children (and you) will be totally wowed by the quality of the artwork, the natural settings used, and the emotion that has been put into the illustrations.
Hey Daddy is a welcome addition to any father's library, and offers a great chance to sit down and snuggle up with your little ones while you enjoy a little story time together. And if you know a new father, it would make an exceptional gift. I know I will be buying several copies to give to my expectant father friends.