They Just Know: Animal Instincts
How do some young animals know what to do and how to do it? Does someone teach a caterpillar what to eat? Who gives a baby shark swimming lessons? Sometimes young animals learn things from their parents, but other times… they just know! Explore animal instincts through engaging text and fanciful illustrations.

Written by Robin Yardi
Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein

32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3
Lexile: 870, AR: 3.70, F&P: O
Hardcover 9781628556346 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628556391 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628556445 $9.95  
EBook 9781628556599 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628556643 $6.95  
Keywords:   animal life cycles, instinct versus learned behaviors, instinct, learned behavior, metamorphosis, life cycle
Animals in the book:   black swallowtails, horn sharks, king snakes, ladybugs, loggerhead sea turtles, and spring peepers
Vetters:   Thanks to Dr. Carrie Kappel, conservation biologist and former youth educator at the Teton Science Schools, for reviewing the accuracy of the information in this book.


The dichotomy between the anthropomorphized scenes and the realistic ones artfully highlights the divide between the animal world and the human one. - Kirkus Reviews

The author's bringing in things that humans would do to babies personalizes it, and makes the final picture of a loving mother with a baby particularly poignant. Laurie Allen Klein's soft illustrations show reality and humorous anthropomorphizing, which opens the book up to a nice fact/fiction discussion. - Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books

Each double-page spread highlights one of Mother Nature's wonders and offers several facts and a bit of witty wordplay, too...Though the words for this book are strong, the illustrations dominate readers' attention. - The Florida Times Union

Author/Illustrator Info:

Robin Yardi approaches life with great wonder, a stack of field guides, and picture books nearby. She’s a credentialed elementary school teacher who loves reading to her students and watching the wildlife that pass through her garden, but it was Robin’s daughter that inspired her debut picture book They Just Know. Robin lives in Santa Barbara, California with one lovely husband, two muddy kids, a Sulcata Tortoise, eight chickens, and innumerable koi fish. Visit her website at

Laurie Allen Klein has been a freelance artist for nearly 25 years. Over the last several years, she has worked as the on-staff artist for a marine park, where she does everything from painting life-size sea animal murals to illustrating children’s activity books. In addition to The Ghost of Donley Farm, Laurie has illustrated Fur and Feathers, Where Should Turtle Be?, Little Skink’s Tail, Solar System Forecast, Meet the Planets, If a Dolphin Were a Fish and Balloon Trees for Arbordale. She was the winner of the Outstanding Pennsylvania Author/Illustrator Award from the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association in 2008 and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Laurie lives in Florida. See more of her artwork at


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