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In the story Where is My Baby? from iStoryBooks, Darla the Duck loses one of her eggs. She must travel around the farm to find out where her baby has gone. Along the way, Darla meets many animal babies and their mothers. This story helps kids learn the names of baby animals and their mothers.


Introduce the book to students by having them identify different animals by their pictures. Show students pictures of different farm animals, such as a sheep, a cow, a duck, a horse, and a goat.

Once students have identified all of the animals, share with students that you are going to read them a story about animals and their babies. Show students the cover of the story and ask them what type of animal they think the story will be about.

Preparing to Read

Before reading the story with students, place pictures of all of the different animals in the book and their babies on a board. Attach the pictures with tape, magnets, or velcro, so they can be moved during the story. The animals you should have are:

  • a duck and a duckling
  • a pig and a piglet
  • a goat and a kid
  • a frog and a tadpole
  • a cow and a calf
  • a chicken and a chick

Each animal and baby should be a separate picture. Place the animals on one side of the board and the babies on the other side, but do not match them up.


Reading the Story

Read through the story with the students. As Darla the Duck meets each animal, match the animal baby with its mother on the board. You may also want to write the name of the animal baby for kids to see. By the end of the story, all of the animals, including the duck and duckling, will be matched.


After Reading Activities

After reading the story, have students create and play a matching game. On index cards or squares of paper, have students glue pictures of the different animals and their babies. Once they dry, students can spread out their cards facedown and turn them over one by one to try and match the animals with their babies. As kids turn each card over, encourage them to say the name of each animal or baby animal. For example, “I turned over a cow and a piglet. They don’t match.” or “I turned over a kid and a goat. They match.”

You can extend the activity by introducing kids to other baby animal names. A few baby animal names you may want to include are:

  • cat/kitten
  • dog/puppy
  • bear/cub
  • lion/cub
  • bird/hatching or chick
  • alligator/hatchling
  • ape/baby
  • seal/pup
  • deer/fawn
  • fish/fry
  • goose/gosling
  • kangaroo/joey
  • horse/foal
  • sheep/lamb