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“Everyone likes a bedtime story. But have you ever tried to read to an animal?” With his cat scratching at the book in his lap, a young boy imagines what would happen if he read aloud to 13 different animals. Von Königslöw’s pictures are literal and hilarious visualizations. With each wild scenario, a whimsical full-page watercolor painting shows the smiling preschooler in pajamas attempting to read aloud to dolphins (the pages are getting wet), to owls (he is perched on a branch, and they keep asking “whooo???”), to a kangaroo (who jumps around far too much), to giraffes (who are too tall to see the pages). The play on words is part of the fun, including an alligator eating the pages (“Don’t let him get a taste for the story”). Ultimately, the usual reader-listener roles are reversed, and the boy is shown reading to Mom and Dad, with his toy animals on the bed, seemingly enthralled. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Everyone likes a bedtime story. But have you ever tried to read to an animal?" With his cat scratching at the book in his lap, a young boy imagines what would happen if he read aloud to 13 different animals. Von Königslöw's pictures are literal and hilarious visualizations. With each wild scenario, a whimsical full-page watercolor painting shows the smiling preschooler in pajamas attempting to read aloud to dolphins (the pages are getting wet), to owls (he is perched on a branch, and they keep asking "whooo???"), to a kangaroo (who jumps around far too much), to giraffes (who are too tall to see the pages). The play on words is part of the fun, including an alligator eating the pages ("Don't let him get a taste for the story"). Ultimately, the usual reader-listener roles are reversed, and the boy is shown reading to Mom and Dad, with his toy animals on the bed, seemingly enthralled.
Everyone likes a bedtime story. But have you ever tried to read to an animal? With his cat scratching at the book in his lap, a young boy imagines what would happen if he read aloud to 13 different animals. Von Konigslow's pictures are literal and hilarious visualizations. With each wild scenario, a whimsical full-page watercolor painting shows the smiling preschooler in pajamas attempting to read aloud to dolphins (the pages are getting wet), to owls (he is perched on a branch and they keep asking "whooo???"), to a kangaroo (who jumps around far too much), to giraffes who are too tall to see the pages. The play on words is part of the fun, including an alligator eating the pages ("Don't let him get a taste for the story"). Ultimately, the usual reader-listener roles are reversed, and the boy is shown reading to Mom and Dad, with his toy animals on the bed, seemingly enthralled. (Hazel Rochman Booklist)

How do you read to a rabbit? Or a boa constrictor? Or a kangaroo? Andrea Wayne Von Konigslow's playful book for preschool and kindergarteners...contemplates the challenges of reading to a variety of animals. (Open Book Toronto 2010-12-20)

The humour is charming and sweet, as are the whimsical watercolour illustrations throughout the book. (Patricia Storms Canadian Bookshelf.com 2011-12-10)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (January 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155451231X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554512317
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,331,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Picture books promoting family literacy are a favorite of mine, and Andrea Wayne von Königslöw's How Do You Read to a Rabbit? is particularly adorable and entertaining. Both written and authored by Königslöw, her watercolor and ink illustrations depict a pajama-clad child (who serves equally well as a boy or girl) attempting to read a bedtime story to an assortment of wild animals.

On this journey of the imagination, the child thinks through the difficulties inherent in reading aloud to various types of animals.

"If you read to a book to a boa, she might want to hug you goodnight."

"It's even harder to read to a cheetah. You might not be a fast enough reader."

Moving through 13 types of animals, each page humorously depicts the child earnestly trying to read to the animal(s) despite the presenting difficulties: giraffes who are too tall to see the pictures, chameleons who blend in with the story, and bats who hang upside down. Finally, the child snuggles in between mom and dad in the bed to read them "the best story they've ever heard."

Perfect for preschoolers and early-elementary children who are newly awakened to the delights of reading, I can easily see this title catching on as a classroom read-aloud for Grade One story-times. Book-loving families will also have a lot of fun reading through the humorous scenarios. Königslöw provides build in opportunities for funny vocalizations and dramatic reading in the text, making How Do You Read to a Rabbit? a delight to both read and listen to.

Chosen as a naptime storybook selection today, this brief literacy tale was well received by my assembled children (six, three, one.
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