: Fisher Louise Dickens
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This wonderful book is about different names for males, females, babies and groups in the animal and insect worlds. The narrator begins saying that not all female, mother, male, or baby animals are called by the same names. "My mom is called a lady, my dad is called a man, I'm called a little kid, and I'll tell you what I can. Human females are called 'women', and males are called 'men'. But, a male turkey is a 'tom', and a female is a 'hen'. Whether in a romp of otter, or in an audience of squid, all groups of animals have males and females and kids." Details of the different names continues, "Calves and cows and bulls could be in a herd of moose or buffalo or bank of Komodo Dragons or tower of giraffes. If I were a cub and mom, a sow, and if dad were called a boar, we might be aardvarks or raccoons or panda bears. We could be in a prickle of porcupine, if we were a pup, boar and sow, or in a parade of anteaters, array of hedgehogs, or even a prairie dog town. If mom were a sow and dad, a boar, and we were in a drift of pigs, I'd be called a piglet- at least until I was big." Then the narrator declares, " Well, my dad is not a gander, my mom is not a goose and I am not a gosling in a gaggle on the loose." The story continues, " Some names like spiderling and salamanderling, and baby fingerling of trout, and cod codling and duck duckling, we can tell what these are about. Babies may be owlets or shrewlets, snakelets, toadlets or froglets, ostrich or dinosaur hatchlings, or wormlets, eaglets or hoglets. We humans are a family, clan or tribe. Animal groups can be a barrel of monkeys, mischief of mice, waddle of penguins, flutter of butterflies, cackle of hyena, run of salmon, cast of crabs, business of ferrets or flies, lounge of lizards or plague of rats."