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D'Aulaires' Book of Animals (New York Review Books (Hardcover)) Hardcover – April 24, 2007
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"Those familiar with D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths will appreciate the New York Review Books' efforts to unite the authors' backlist. Having reissued both D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths and D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls , the publisher now presents the paper-over-board D'Aulaires' Book of Animals by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire, originally published in 1940 as Animals Everywhere. The book folds out into a glorious full-color landscape, stretching from jungle to desert to Arctic climes; the reverse side, in b&w, names the animals and the sounds they make." -Publishers Weekly
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The Polar Bear growls.
The Whale blows, and he is the biggest of al the animals on land and in the sea.
The Gull cries.
The Sea Elephant roars.
The Walrus snores.
The Eiderduck squawks.
The Seal barks.
The text continues heading south (geographically).
What I like about this book is that it is a springboard. We can look through it and move on to the globe showing where these animals live. We can use it to launch us into poetry about different animals, or books about them. The simple drawings are not intimidating and encourage children to draw their own. From this simple book and a little discussion, "school" flows naturally into other projects.
The illustrations are fun and engaging for all ages, simple in a childlike sense and yet realistic enough not to lead small minds astray. It's also a great "activity" discussion book between an older child and a younger sibling.
The only down side is that the text is so simple as to be easily outgrown.Read more ›
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D'aulaire books are so beautiful, this was one we never heard of and is really nice!Published 9 months ago by P. Huard