By Kathy M. Miller
Celtic Sunrise, $19.95, 40 pages

Imagine what you might do if a mother chipmunk brought her babies to your front window to show them off. This is exactly what happened to author Kathy M. Miller. Using her camera, she captured the magical moments of a family playing and learning together and Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden is the delightful result. Rosalie, Roosevelt, Rachel and Benjamin are the darling chipmunk children of proud parents Lily and Chippy. Miller’s beautiful photography gives readers a glimpse into the real lives of baby Eastern chipmunks during their first few days out of the burrow. This educational story features 84 photographs and is the sequel to award-winning book Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden. Miller uses simple words and incorporates plenty of humor. The curious babies investigate everything they see – blooming flowers, cool water, singing birds and even a hopping rabbit! An old squirrel warns them about predators like hawks, owls, and cats. See the siblings play tag, hide-and-seek, follow-the-leader and leapfrog. In the back of the book, Miller includes fun facts about chipmunks to enhance vocabulary and scientific knowledge. Young readers will be inspired to investigate their own backyard.


Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin,