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In the wide, shining world there is so much to see, and little Twiga is so curious. But Twiga's tall, tall mama wants her baby to stay close, stay safe from the dangers that lurk near each irresistible smell, musical sound, and glittering sight that Twiga finds.

With lyrical text and enchanting illustrations set on the African savanna, this story about a baby giraffe's need to explore and his mother's desire to protect will delight readers of all ages.

"Written with a storyteller's ear for cadence and repetition, the text has a sense of immediacy. . .Nicely composed and pleasing in their use of rounded forms and line, the broad double-page illustrations show up well from a distance. A good choice for reading aloud." — Carol Phalen, Booklist

 "Wohnoutka's large, almost impressionistic paintings grant a rich glimpse of the broad savanna and its denizens." — Gay Lynn Van Vleck, School Library Journal

 "There's no doubt that readers and their parents will instantly see themselves in this loving but ongoing conflict over the need to explore and the need to protect, and they'll undoubtedly find the two characters adorable and reassuring."— Publisher's Weekly
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Stay Close to Mama

by Toni Buzzeo
illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Hyperion Books for Children, 2012.
ISBN 978-1423134824


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