cover image Baby Dolphin’s First Swim

Baby Dolphin’s First Swim

American Museum of Natural History. Sterling, $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4549-2236-0

A dolphin calf explores the ocean in one of two books launching the First Discoveries series, created in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Brief, declarative sentences highlight details about dolphins (“The baby dolphin is hungry. His tongue forms a straw shape so he can drink milk from his mother without drinking any salt water”). Accompanying photographs show the mother and calf swimming, rising to the surface, catching fish, leaping, and accompanying a pod; clear descriptions accompany each image. Neil Duncan, a biologist with the museum, is featured in a “Meet the Expert” sidebar, though his connection to the book isn’t explicitly defined. It’s a relatable story of mother-baby tenderness, bolstered by engaging facts about dolphin life. Available simultaneously: Wolf Pups Join the Pack. Ages 4–up. (June)