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Happy as a Tapir Hardcover – June 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin; 1st edition (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670842273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670842278
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Carbone's picture book debut will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered what happens at night when the zoo animals are left to their own devices. Carbone imagines that they unzip and unbutton their skins like costumes, revealing themselves to be members of the same imaginary multi-hued species. Twice a year these creatures, who resemble upright, large-bellied turtles without shells, trade animal identities, provided they have mastered their most recent roles. When a newcomer balks at repeating a stint as a shy, retiring tapir, he upsets the status quo and unwittingly embarks on a process of self-discovery. While DuQuette's ( A Ripping Day for a Picnic ) illustrations powerfully evoke a mood of nocturnal mystery, there is something cartoonish in his depiction of the disrobed animals that does not mesh well with his predominantly formal style. Similarly, while Carbone manages to touch upon a number of thought-provoking themes--the deceptiveness of appearances, the value of humility and apprenticeship, the importance of being true to one's self--these notions are not clearly integrated. But despite these shortcomings, the book's witty premise will certainly cause youngsters to wonder who's zoo. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a very entertaining children's book. It is about little creatures who wear animal suits in a zoo so that visitors can look at them. The newest member is not happy being stuck with the tapir suit at first, he wants to be anything else. The book is well-written and holds the attention of even very young listeners. This is a book that parents won't mind reading a 100 times, and believe me, this will happen. It is fully illustrated with beautiful color pictures that children will enjoy. Every child should have a copy of this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Otis on December 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It is too bad that this book has been out of print, it is one of the most entertaining children's book I've ever read. My children think so too. Just a great original story with a wonderful message. Also it introduces your child to the not often thought of tapir. Do you know what a tapir is? Read this story then head to the zoo; you'll be looking for them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Boettcher on July 15, 2011
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I originally bought this book because my 2 year old saw a tapir at a zoo and wanted to know everything about a tapir. I bought this book and we have read it hundreds of times. It's a wonderful story about a tapir who tries to be very good and what others expect him to be but realizes he is happiest just being himself. A fantastic life lesson in and extrodinary picture book. I would recommned this book as reading to preschoolers and beyond. Love this book!
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This spring we went to Costa Rica and actually met a beautiful wild, but very friendly tapir. My wife is a first grade school teacher and she knew that this book existed but the library said it was no longer in print. Thanks to Amazon I feel that probably Amazon have enough books to easily sell another hundred just like the book we got. The book is amusing but also gives a lot of great information and it does spark the imagination of the first-grade children to know there are other beautiful creatures on this earth, and that there's is something else in this world besides what we are used to here in New England. Thanks Amazon for having this book on your bookshelf. I would positively recommend this book to a friend.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TOBY on July 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
HELLO, AND THANKYOU FOR YOUR BOOK. BEING HAPPY AS A TAPIR , SOMETIMES SIMPLY MEANS THAT THE SUN SHINES WHEREVER WE PLAY. I HAVE FOUR LITTLE CHILDREN AT HOME - L.J.,HETTIE,ANNA AND JONATHON. SOON ABBIE AND I WILL HAVE ANOTHER BABY BORN TO US AND WE ARE ALL PRETTY EXCITED. I'VE ALREADY NAMED HER : SUSANNA GEORGIA TOBY CHARLES MORTLOCK. ABBIE WILL GIVE BIRTH TO SUSANNA SOON, AND WE'RE BOTH VERY HAPPY THAT THE CHILDRENAND OURSELVES WILL ALWAYS BE TOGETHER, AND THAT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE OUR CHILDREN GROWING UP. YOU MAY ALWAYS ASK THE QUEEN MOTHER (QUEEN MARY)- MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, AND MY GRANDMOTHER QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND , OR MY UNCLES AND AUNTS ANYTHING AT ALL. LOVE, TOBY.
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