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Animal Fair by [Goembel, Ponder]
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Grade Level: Pre-K - 1st

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—This adaptation of the folk song details the surreal sights on a child's visit to an animal fair. The silliness includes a big baboon "combing his auburn hair," kangaroos rattling "six silver spoons," and bears walking down stairs "while juggling purple pears." Goembel's ink and acrylic illustrations have a cheeky appeal. Readers will spot a mischievous monkey in the background up to such tricks as making rabbit-ear fingers behind the baboon's head and tying a balloon to a kangaroo's tail. He gets his comeuppance when he jumps on the elephant's trunk and is blown away by the resulting sneeze: "and that was the end of the monk,/the monk, the monk, the monk./And that was the end of the monk!" Although no sheet music is included, this is a good addition to storytime playlists.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Based on the children’s song Animal Fair, Goembel’s adaptation adroitly posits the wild imaginings of a child: what might go on at a fair apparently run by animals? The answer is nonsense, as virtually nothing the animals do makes a whit of sense. That, of course, is what will make young listeners squeal with glee. The text is wonderfully wordy and tied to an irresistible rhythm: The bears came down the stairs / while juggling purple pairs. / The parrots squawked, they chattered and talked / as they stood on the back on their chairs. Goembel’s ink- and acrylic-wash artwork has an appealing orderliness to it; the animals tend to dress alike and stand in straight lines as if even their misbehavior is part of a rehearsed act. As lovers of the song know, it all comes to a head when the mischievous monk jumps on the elephant’s trunk—and, well, that’s all she wrote for that poor monkey. A silly, catchy little number with enough visual quirks to keep kids returning for one more curtain call. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Daniel Kraus

Product Details

  • File Size: 4902 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; Brdbk edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6KU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This simple book features and expanded and sanitized (no inebriated primates!) version of the traditional folk song complete with kid-friendly illustrations. It's a fun addition to any young child's library.
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I bought this book for my tiny granddaughter who loves the Animal Fair song. I was very surprised when I got the book to see that the author has expanded the story to include more animals than just the baboon, monkey, and elephant, such as juggling bears, and kangaroos shaking silver spoons. The words are easy to sing along with the tune, and the antics of the mischievous monkey in each segment are so entertaining (the skunk has a little story of his own going on). Very well written and illustrated. She loves it and I love reading (singing) it to her.
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This book was not as I expected it to be. I have Kindle Paper white which does not support colors and my six years old does not like black and white pictures. So I read it on my iPhone as this book is all about pictures. Not that I have any problems with that. I didn't much like the content. It was not consistent. Overall it seems to be for not so young kids but its rhymes are more suitable for younger kids. This left me looking for a better book for kids this age.
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Ponder Goembel, Animal Fair (Marshall Cavendish, 2010)

I didn't realize, when I first read this one to the Bean some time ago, that it is based on a traditional song. I find that kind of odd, since the rhythm seems a tad quirky at times (especially when put up against I Took the Moon for a Walk, below), but we'll roll with it because of Goembel's illustrations. For the most part, of course, they illustrate what's going on—when the bears are juggling pears, that's the picture—but there's a little wordless subplot going on between a couple of skunk performers, and the monkey is getting into mischief on every spread, which makes the last verse a little more satisfying. It took the Bean quite a while to get into this one (we first read it in August 2013, and I'm finally getting round to writing this review in January 2014), but it's started becoming a semi-regular feature at storytime; maybe two and a half (actually, twenty-seven months) is the right age for it. Give it a look at the library before deciding whether to add it to the permanent collection. ** ½
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By Jean on January 7, 2013
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Just as described. The graphics were bright and beautiful. Cover and dust cover shows high quality.
Words were a lot more than I remember, but really funny. My grand-daughter loves it and wants it to be read again and again!
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My grandson LOVES this book! We do Oregon-to-New York facetime every night, and he asks me to sing it to him twice and begs for one more time! It's the old song I learned in elementary school, with a few added attractions in the middle. Wonderful book, cute pictures, silly things happening throughout. A great book for little ones.
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This book has become one of the mainstays in our house for naptime or bedtime, as my 1.5 year old son really loves the illustrations. They engage him and he points to the animals and tries to say either the name of the animal or imitate the sound they make.

There are a lot of great little touches here. My favorite being the subplot of the boy skunk picking flowers on the first pages and then spending the rest of the book bringing them to his lady skunk friend.

The illustrations are very detailed and lifelike, but it is true the figures are also a bit stiff. No matter -- what counts is my son's reaction, and he loves it five, perhaps because a lot of our earliest communication with him has been about animals and the sounds they make. This book gives him a great chance to show off his knowledge and strengthen what he has learned.

It keeps his attention and helps calm him down before bed. As far as I'm concerned, it's hard to ask more from a children's book. It is working great for us.
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I grew up with this classic song, so I wanted to see how it would be presented in a picture book. It is very short for a picture book and there's not a lot of text--which may be sung if you know the tune or chanted if you don't. But there's quite a bit of story packed into its pages.

What I liked best about this book were the illustrations. I'm a sucker for books that have storylines contained in the illustrations and my kids and I went through the book a number of times picking out the story of the skunk, the story of the monk, the journey of the dove, and the fate of the pink balloons.

Picking out these details, noticing cause and effect, and following subtle "subplots" are good for building pre-reading skills in preschoolers.

The style of the illustrations may or may not be your cup of tea, but this is a peaceful, playful, well-executed picture book for younger preschoolers.
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