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Did you know that all eight of my "Over" habitat counting books end with a father taking care of the babies? It hasn't always been easy to find dads that fit into the rhyme and reason for the"Over" book I am working on, since I write "creative non-fiction." It all started with "Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef," which was published by Dawn Publications in 2004. After the mother seahorse lays her eggs, the father carries them in his pouch until they hatch and swim out!

The animal dads (always number 10) are:
A howler monkey in "Over in the Jungle, a Rainforest Rhyme"
An Arctic wolf in "Over in the Arctic, Where the Cold Winds Blow"
An emu in "Over in the Australia, Amazing Animals Down Under"
A red fox in "Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek"
A river otter in "Over in a River, Flowing Out to Sea"
An emperor penguin in "Over on a Mountain, Somewhere in the World," and a jackal in "Over in the Grasslands, on an African Savanna," to be released Sept. 2016."

I think my favorite of all the "dads" in these books is the emperor penguin in "Over on a Mountain". This book has animals in the seven different continents and penguins do live on pack ice in colonies at the base of the Transantarctic Mountains that stretch across that continent.

The penguin dads should definitely be the animal "father of the year." The male takes care of the single egg the female lays. He incubates it on his feet for about 70 days during the coldest time of the year, while the Mom finds food in the ocean to bring back for her hatched chick. Penguins mate for life and take care of their babies together. What could be better than that!


P.S. I used the same "Over in the Meadow" theme for my latest book, "Over on the Farm," but that one stands on its own and is not considered one of the habitat books. However, I do have a male farm animal in that one too-- So look for the rooster on every page!!
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