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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (October 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761318941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761318941
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Jolivet presents striking, oversized panoramas of living creatures from all corners of the globe. The animals appear in eclectic groups such as "underground," "at night," or "black and white" rather than more conventional divisions. The resulting patterns reveal the variety yet interconnectedness of the living world. Younger children will enjoy hunting for the chameleon that can be found on each spread, which may be challenging since it changes color and posture from page to page. Adults may consult the four pages of notes written in small type at book's end to learn a fact or two about each animal. However, the text is really a supplement to the splendid illustrations. Besides its attraction for browsers and its potential as an attention-getting introduction to studies about animals, the book could serve as a stimulus for students working on graphic-design projects. Consequently, the audience for this lovely volume may extend well beyond the primary grades.
Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS. A teeming zoo of creatures swims, flies, and stampedes through the nearly two-foot-tall pages of this beautifully illustrated French import. There are few words and no story. Instead, Jolivet groups her animals loosely into sometimes rhyming categories related to habitats, habits, or appearance: "In the Trees, "In the Seas, "At Night," "Spots and Stripes," and so on. Rendered in bright colors and in the bold, clean lines and graphic contrasts of linoleum cuts, the animals appear in chaotic spreads that may be more decorative than instructive. But the book's magnificent size and diversity of animals make a powerful visual impact that will easily attract preschoolers to the expansive pages, where they'll point to the animals they know and discover a world of new species. Browsers will also like the hide-and-seek game offered by a hidden chameleon on each page. An appendix, printed in tiny type, offers one or two facts about each of the many animals featured in the book. An unusual, and unusually handsome, offering. Gillian Engberg
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My 3 year old daughter loves this book.
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It has beautifully crafted illustrations and artistic groupings of animals-not the typical ABC animal picture book.
lynnmu
This book is huge and my daughter just loves looking at all the animals.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Taylor on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This larger than life book appeals to children because of it's very large size. The art work is outstanding and because there is very little written word except the name of all the animals it lends itself to discussion. My 2-1/2 year old grandson Gavin loves it. Also on every page is a chameleon who changes to be like the animals on the page, so finding him is another adventure for young folks. Animals are grouped in interesting ways, for example "black and white animals", not your average animal book. As a biologist, animal lover, and grandparent it is an A+ read. And at such a reasonable price I bought two. Buy it, you will love it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Stenzel on July 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It's an oversized book and it's full of animals that you find in the Zoo. The illustrations of the animials are simply beautiful. Exactly my taste. The book has barely any text, only pages full of animials along with their names.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Art Now on December 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. I am an art teacher and I use this book in my class as reference for all the beautiful yet simple graphic shapes Ms. Jolivet produces in her work depicting animals
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keri Garcia on April 23, 2013
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This is such a great book. My daughter and I spend lots of time looking at all the beautiful pictures. There is no text but we will sometime pick an animal and look it up online to learn more about it. It is huge and fun to look at on the ground. My daughter is only 2 so she needs my help turning the pages so they don't rip. I like how the animals are categorized by where they live. My MIl loves this book so much she just bought one for her yoga instructor that is due in May
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lynnmu on December 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! It has beautifully crafted illustrations and artistic groupings of animals-not the typical ABC animal picture book. I love its larger size and I enjoyed the interesting information tidbits located in the back pages of the book. Adults can really enjoy spending time looking at this book with their kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L Ondocin on November 29, 2013
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Beautiful illustrations, interesting way to categorize animals. A great book for children 3&up (maybe 2) but I'm sure older children will love it too. The huge format makes it a bit hard for my almost 4 yr old but he's learning to be very careful. I gave this as 4&5 yr old birthday gifts (about six of them) - that's how much I liked it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oregon Farm Mama on November 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it's just pictures with names. Yes, it's large. And, YES, my children LOVE THIS BOOK! We open the book on the floor and gather around looking at the beautiful illustrations and talking about we see. The creative groupings help us to think deeper about the animals' habits and habitats without the book being overtly "teachy." My son uses this book as a way to launch creative play. He opens it and looks at the pictures to decide which animal he wants to pretend to be. It's very fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reanbug on September 27, 2013
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Beautiful book. This book is huge and my daughter just loves looking at all the animals. They've put a chameleon on each page and my daughter loves finding the "lizard" on every page. The back of the book has some interesting facts on each animal. Fantastic book!
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