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Step by Step

Loreen Leedy


List Price: 17.99*
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Other Editions of This Title:
Board book (5/8/2018)


A guessing-game introduction to animal tracks . . . and the baby animals who make them!

In this adorable introduction to animal tracks and habitats, a trail of paw, hoof, or flipper-prints wanders across the page, followed by a question: who made these tracks? Thirteen different species are represented, introducing not only their signature tracks, but what their young are called, and a fact about their behavior.

On the final pages, some very familiar footprints are followed up by the question "Who learns to walk on two feet?" A baby, of course!

With its simple question and response pattern, Step by Step is suitable for very young readers who will delight in guessing the answers and turning the page to uncover adorable baby animals.

The hardcover edition includes backmatter with bonus facts about the baby animals pictured-- from caterpillar to human.

For the very youngest readers, a board book edition is also available.

A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Praise For Step by Step

"Here is a science book with the 'aw' factor of a playful read-aloud for young children. . . . Incorporating a guessing game, a tracking guide, babies in motion, and introduction to habitats, this spare book is deceptively busy." —Booklist

"Questions set against a background of animals’ footprints invite young audiences to guess which baby animal left their print, followed by the answer page illustrating each youngling . . . A brief but informative introduction to animal behavior for the littlest naturalists and a fun guessing game for preschoolers."—School Library Journal

"The simple, patterned presentation neatly imparts multifaceted information, and a handy, succinct addendum will encourage second and third views. Effortlessly enlightening."—Kirkus Reviews

Holiday House, 9780823439393, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

About the Author

Loreen Leedy has been writing and illustrating picture books since she was 25 years old. She is the author of numerous books for children, including 2 X 2=Boo, Seeing Symmetry, and Amazing Plant Powers: How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt and Change the World. Her books have been ALA Notable books, KirkusReviews Best Books, and Booklist Editors Choices. Loreen lives in central Florida. Find her online at