Moms – they are pretty fantastic people. They cheer you up, cheer you on and often put their children’s needs ahead of their own.

In the animal word, moms are equally fantastic.

I Love You Mom by Liz Temperley ($14.95, Firefly Books) is a small hard-covered book that highlights the ways moms in the animal kingdom show love to their offspring.

Mother West African giraffes, for example, come “together to form a nursery, with one mom looking after several babies, freeing up the others so the can roam free, look for food or simply have a break for a little,” while the mom black rhinoceros will raise her baby by herself, not mating again until her little one is fully independent, which can take about two years.

There are a variety of beautiful animal stories including the Suffolk sheep, which will bleat and search without rest until her lamb is found; American red squirrel, which will adopt orphaned squirrels; and the Japanese red bug, which will spend hours every day finding the sweetest, ripest fruits from a rare type of tree for its youngest.

Yes, that sounds about right.

Happy Mother’s Day.

A copy of this book was provided by Firefly Books for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.