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Children's Nonfiction Mammals

Amazing Things Animals Do

by (author) Marilyn Baillie

illustrated by Romi Caron

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2008
Mammals, General
Recommended Age
5 to 9
Recommended Grade
k to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2008
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

This edition is not currently available in bookstores. Check your local library or search for used copies at Abebooks.


You won’t believe the incredible things that animals do — how they communicate, how they find food, and how they take care of their families! Animals are much more like humans than you may realize. A collection of all four titles from the series by the same name, Amazing Things Animals Do is jam-packed with astounding animal facts designed to introduce children to the fascinating wonders of animal behavior. Cheerful watercolor artwork and a picture book format make this title especially appealing for young children and a wonderful resource for learning about the animal world for the first time. Amazing Things Animals Do features animals from all around the world — from penguins to elephants to kangaroos. A “Who’s Who” guide at the end of the book provides additional details about each species and its habitat, encouraging further questioning and research for the older reader.

About the authors

MARILYN BAILLIE has enjoyed a varied career as an award-winning children's writer, a nursery school teacher, a lecturer at the Royal Ontario Museum, and a children's magazine and book editor. She is the author of numerous beloved children's books including Nose to Toes, Small Wonders: Baby Animals in the Wild, Amazing Things Animals Do, Animals at the EDGE: Saving the World's Rarest Creatures, and Whoosh! A Watery World of Wonderful Creatures. She is a former editor of chickaDEE magazine and lives in Toronto, Canada.

Marilyn Baillie's profile page

Romi Caron is a professional illustrator with over 18 years of experience illustrating children books. She has illustrated more than 40 books for children, including two written by Marilyn Baillie, Small Wonders and Amazing Things Animals Do. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, the Saskatchewan Young Reader's Choice Awards, and the Outstanding Children's Book Award from the Animal Behaviour Society of Canada.

Romi Caron's profile page


  • Commended, Science Books & Films, Children's Category, Best Books
  • Winner, Animal Behavior Society, Outstanding Children's Book
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Selection

Editorial Reviews

The tone is comforting...Much accurate factual information is relayed in this gentle manner. A photo and full-page illustrations by Romi Caron accompanies each narrative. Like the text, the paintings are realistic, yet softened, and full of personality.

Canadian Children’s Book News

Baillie poses engaging questions and makes the experience of reading interactive, while Romi Caron's gentle watercolor artwork is very inviting.

Montreal Review of Books

This book is an appealing volume for the curious reader. The combined text is published in a larger format and is beautifully illustrated. The art is large, colorful and realistic with lots of detail – a great reference for more information. Each two page spread covers a different sub-topic and in most cases the second page is a full-page brightly colored illustration. Written in anecdotal style, the text is entertaining and informative.

Resource Links

...a terrific way for children to discover that non-fiction can be exciting and amazing…

Quill & Quire

…a wonderful resource that will delight children and their parents.

St. John’s Telegram

The information presented in this volume is captivating for both children and adults, so this book will be one that parents and teachers will enjoy sharing with the younger set. This volume is a highly recommended text and teaching tool for young children…

Science Books & Films (SB&F)

A wonderful book for young children…Water color artwork bring the information to life…

BC Parent

...this book explores a number of aspects of animal behaviour, all of them of interest to the young.

The Globe and Mail

…a good read-aloud for early grades…

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

…a super goodnight read. Romi Caron’s watercolors are extremely charming and work with the text to enhance the gentle appeal of Baillie’s book.

January Magazine

Useful and informative, this would be a welcome addition to your library shelf.

Brandon Sun

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