Beautiful addition to children’s literature celebrates the bond between parent and child with gentle text and gorgeous illustrations of animal babies
With warm paintings of animal mothers tending to their cubs, pups, calves, and chicks, Cuddled and Carried introduces the reader to a variety of animals and their behavior. Written by Dia L. Michels, the simple text and supplemental back matter will help parents, librarians, educators, and healthcare providers creatively describe how babies are cared for. The book introduces a range of early science concepts including habitats, family systems, and survival instincts. The book has already won a Purple Dragonfly Award and a Top Choice Award from Baby Maternity Magazine.
The images, depicting animal mothers as they lend a paw, wing, or flipper to care for their young, model attachment, breastfeeding, and caretaking. Dr. Sarah Reece-Stremtan, a pediatrician based in Washington, D.C., writes, "My two boys love this charming book. I really appreciate how it normalizes the nurturing relationship between parents and their children. It makes cuddling during story time that much sweeter!"
“Scientific study has shown that physical closeness has lasting positive effects on the relationship between parents and their babies; this is what this book shows very successfully,” explains Jack Newman, M.D., author of The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers. “Cuddled and Carried models many ways parents nourish their children and help them feel secure.”
A 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite states, “Short lines and amazing illustrations make it easy to extend children’s joy of the material through questioning, and also through the use of the material in the back of the book.”
The accompanying Teacher’s Guide is also an excellent resource for continuing the discussion, available for free download at PlatypusMedia.com. It includes additional content and hands-on activities to develop cognitive skills, introduce early science concepts, and improve literacy.
“This book shows that animal families are not so different from human ones,” explains Michels, who is also the author of If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers. “I want children to think about how each species matures, survives, and what their communities look like—whether pride, flock, or family. Showing children this type of attachment in the natural world fosters empathy, kindness, and compassion.”
Cuddled and Carried will be released simultaneously in hardback, paperback, and eBook formats. The bilingual (English/Spanish) edition, Cuddled and Carried / Consentido y cargado, was released in June 2018.
The book will be available in a two-book set with another new release, Babies Nurse. Together, these books about care and bonding create a foundation for healthy growth, introduce science topics, and promote breastfeeding and attachment. Both titles are part of Platypus Media’s new Beginnings collection.
Dia L. Michels is an internationally published, award-winning science and parenting writer who is committed to promoting attachment parenting. She has authored or edited over a dozen books for both children and adults. She can be reached at Dia@PlatypusMedia.com.
Mike Speiser’s beautiful images of mother and baby animals have appeared on the cover of National Geographic’s Wild Animal Baby magazine. His work can be seen at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. He can be reached at Mike@PlatypusMedia.com.
Platypus Media is an independent press that creates products with a broad appeal to diverse families who believe in the importance of close family relationships for the full and healthy development of children. The publisher is committed to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding, and donates a percentage of profits to groups that work in this field.
Platypus Media products are available for direct purchase. They are distributed to the trade by National Book Network. Library bound editions are available from Children’s Plus. Review copies available upon request. Sample pages, cover scans, and Teacher’s Guide available at PlatypusMedia.com.
Cuddled and Carried
Platypus Media • October 2018
Written by Dia L. Michels • Illustrated by Mike Speiser
English • Ages 0-4 • 8.5” x 11” • 32 pages
Hardback ($14.95) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-99-2
Paperback ($9.95) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-98-5
eBook ($8.99) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-97-8
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