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Can You Growl Like a Bear? Hardcover – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156145396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561453962
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—This gentle narrative invites children to join in the sounds and actions of various wild creatures. "Can you click like a dolphin,/swimming through the seas?/Can you buzz like a honeybee,/floating on a breeze?" Each uncluttered spread introduces a new animal, easily distinguishable to young children in Butler's signature hazy, pastel-hued paintings. As the pages turn, day passes into night with successively quieter activities. The book closes with a snoozing animal kingdom, each creature smiling peacefully in its sleep. Large text curves gracefully through each image. Nature is depicted as ever-friendly, where frolicking, twinkly-eyed animals lope through soft grasses. While similar works abound, Can You Growl Like a Bear? is one of the higher-quality offerings in the animal-imitation genre. This simple book will fit easily into any storytime or bedtime repertoire.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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This engaging picture book challenges children to make animal sounds—not the typical barnyard cacophony but less-familiar ones, from the click of a dolphin to the howl of a wolf. Butler illustrates each animal and its habitat on a broad double-page spread. With acrylics and colored pencils, he uses soft strokes of color and rounded forms to create large-scale pictures with immediate appeal. Written in rhymed couplets, the text asks one question after another: "Can you trumpet like an elephant, tramping across the plain? / Can you croak like a tree frog, basking in the rain?" Children will enjoy making the suggested sounds and getting lost in the eye-catching scenes. The last spread, 10 small circular pictures, shows each animal sleeping and urges children to close their eyes and fall asleep, too. Despite its conventional bedtime-book ending, this picture book is also a natural for sharing with groups of young children. Phelan, Carolyn

More About the Author

John Butler has written more than a dozen books for children and illustrated over sixty. His books have been published in more than 20 countries. He won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award (Gold Book Award) in the USA in 2011 and the Teachers' Choice AwardsSM for Children's Books for 2013. He was awarded the Florida Reading Association Children's Book of the Year (silver medal) (2002, 2003), and the Bank Street College of Education New York - Best Children's Books of the Year (2002, 2004). He has received a Highly Commended award at the Sheffield Children's Book Award as well as a BP Conservation Book Award and others in the UK where he lives. John has had a lifelong fascination with wildlife and his books all reflect this interest.

He has had a long career in illustration working for a very wide range of clients including Time magazine, Sesame Street and The Sunday Times in London. More of John's work can be seen on www.johnbutlerart.com and www.littlebluezebra.com

He says, "Children's publishing has been very inspiring for me. It is extremely rewarding to work with so many innovative and creative people who all have the same sole purpose of producing books to please and stimulate children."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 50 Shades of Orange on April 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We love this book. It has nice bright colors and all of the animals are very cute. I started reading it to both of my sons when they were each about a year old. After a few months they were making all of the animal sounds with me. My boys are now 3 and 1.5 and often request this book at bedtime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Meredith on September 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is fun for reader and child. My 16-month-old was squealing with delight as I turn each page. He's especially partial to frogs and there's a great tree frog in this book. Mom needs to learn how to make some of the sounds but it's well worth it to hear my little one so excited! Thanks for an awesome book Mr. Butler!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Swiss on February 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love John Butler! We love his "Can You Cuddle like a Koala?" book too. This one is very similar. We love all the different animals he introduces in his books!
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