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Animal Trunk: Silly Poems to Read Aloud Hardcover – September 1, 1999


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810942003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810942004
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,508,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Every one of Belgian artist Gabriel's illustrations for this animal kingdom primer is a stunner. Set against full-bleed backgrounds of vivid, saturated yellow, red, blue or green, his limited palette portrays exuberant bears, monkeys, lambs and other creatures that bring to mind primitivist folk art. A voracious crocodile rockets out of the water, his scaly skin looking like a mosaic of blue and green bottle glass. A tiger erupts in a feast of unexpected colors that evoke a tribal mask. Most of Ghigna's (Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose) simple rhymes rely heavily on repetition ("Crocodiles sun./ Crocodiles nap./ Crocodiles yawn./ Crocodiles snap"), and their chantlike meter meshes well with Gabriel's exotic visual stylings. Just when readers settle into a rhythm, a welcome aberration comes along ("It's easy to laugh/ At the tall giraffe/ Each time we go to the zoo"). This lively collection will have children clamoring for repeat performances until they can read all the rhymes solo. Ages 3-5. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 3-Boldly colored pictures outlined in black accompany mediocre poems about common animals. Simplistic rhyme schemes and iambic rhythms change very little from one selection to the next. ("Bunnies nibble./Bunnies doze./Bunnies twitch/A bunny nose." "Snakes are slender./Snakes are sleek./Snakes like playing/Hide-and-seek.") The stylized illustrations give the creatures a somewhat morbid appearance. In one picture, a slender goat with an immense udder reaches for leaves, while in others, animals look out at readers with tongues hanging out of their mouths at odd angles. Children will be better served by Doug Florian's Beast Feast and Jane Yolen's Animal Fare (both Harcourt, 1994).
Shawn Brommer, Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Charles Ghigna - Father Goose® lives and writes in a treehouse in Homewood, Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Capstone and other publishers. His books have been featured on ABC's "Good Morning America," PBS, APT and NPR. He is a poet, children's author, speaker, and nationally syndicated feature writer who promotes the love of poetry and children's literature throughout the world and the author of more than 5000 poems for children and adults. His poems appear in hundreds of textbooks, anthologies, magazines from The New Yorker and Harper's to Cricket and Highlights. His poems also appear in the national SAT and ACT tests. He has served as poetry editor of The English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, and nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He has presented poetry programs at the Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the International Schools of South America and at hundreds of schools, colleges, conferences, libraries, book fairs, and literary events throughout the world.

For more information, please visit the Father Goose web site at www.FatherGoose.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"This wonderfully funny collection of simple poems about animals will spark every child's sense of humor. Great for reading aloud, this collection includes silly poems about chickens, bears, donkeys, cows, giraffes, crocodiles, and the like. The rhyme scheme is simple, yet clever, and the illustrations have bright, vivid appeal. A true feast for a young child." --K.W.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"Ghigna's simple rhymes rely heavily on repetition and their chantlike meter meshes well with Gabriel's exotic visual stylings. Just when readers settle into a rhythm, a welcome aberration comes along. This lively collection will have children clamoring for repeat performances until they can read all the rhymes solo."
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