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I Know a Rhino Board book – August 1, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

A spunky preschooler proves she's learned an important life lesson: it's who you know that counts. "I know a Rhino/ We like to take tea," she informs readers, as the huge horned beast daintily pours out a pot and a tiny stool collapses beneath his weight. "I have two sugars/ and Rhino has three." The seven other animals making up her unusual circle include an illness-prone dragon and a leopard with a penchant for formal wear. What's more, as the narrator reveals in the final page, the members of this motley menagerie aren't mere acquaintances; all of them "live with me!" (as beloved stuffed toys that the girl snuggles with as she sleeps). While not quite up to the unfettered goofiness of his Sometimes I Like to Curl Up Like a Ball, Fuge still conveys humor and good cheer with full-bleed spreads that capitalize on the animals' various attributes (one turns vertical when the girl introduces a bubble-bath loving giraffe). He furnishes the stage-like scenes with minimal bright, monochromatic backdrops, keeping the focus on the animal guests' often overwhelming size and elaborate texture. Rhino's portrait, for example, emphasizes the folds of ample flesh that hang over its ribs. Preschoolers will delight in the zoologically incorrect situations put forth by the pert heroine. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-A happy preschooler certainly knows how to fill up her day with fun and friends. She hosts a rhino for tea, has mud fights with a pig, dances with an ape, takes care of a dragon with a cold, and bathes with a giraffe. Fuge's bright, warmhearted and silly illustrations fill each spread, with the lovable creatures taking center stage along with the endearing protagonist. The playful, rhythmic text and bold pictures make this a surefire storytime hit. When readers discover that these imaginary playmates are really stuffed-animal friends, the magic is brought home in a comforting, loving bedtime scene.
Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Board book: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402708610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402708619
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We had a previous version of this book, probably purchased around 8 years ago and we LOVED the story. Since it had been read and loved to tatters, we bought another copy recently. Had I known it was a revised version, I would have tried to save our beloved copy. Seriously, who revises a book that's already good and turns it into nonsense?! While reading this version, I realized they made some changes - both quite unnecessary and very distracting. If you don't know, this is a rhyming book and I thought the words before rhymed just perfectly fine.

For example, on the page with the ape, the old version had, "I know an ape and we keep in good shape singing pop songs and dancing along to a tape". This new version is, "I know an ape and we keep in good shape, miming pop songs and dancing along to a tape". Uh, seriously?! MIMING?! What 2 or 3 year old knows that word? Why would you change it from 'singing' to 'miming'? I don't get it.

Another irritating example. Old version, "I know a dragon who's scaly and bold, I look after him when he's got a bad cold." New version, "I know a dragon he's scaly and red, I look after him when he's poorly in bed". Again, I simply don't get why it is edited to make it more difficult for children to understand. What child knows the "poorly in bed" versus "got a bad cold"?

Last example. Old version, "I know a leopard who loves to get dressed in a suit, tie and top hat, he's simply the best." Now its, "I know a leopard, who loves fancy dress. A suit and a tie and a top hat looks best." Ugh. I just feel like they changed unnecessary words around making it more difficult for the reader and the child.

If you can find an older version, go for that. Otherwise, I would not recommend this one.
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This story of a little girl and her boisterous, friendly, semi-imaginary wild pets was an instant favorite with my 21-month old daughter. The copy is perfect: it rhymes, it goes with the pictures, and there's isn't very much of it, so for once the story proceeds at the right brisk pace for little page turners. And the pictures of the impish girl and the things she does with the animals are very engaging. The rhino drinks tea, the pig has mud fights, and the dragon needs looking after when he has a cold. We both had this one memorized in less than a day. I can tell it will join "Gorilla" "Moon" and our other favorites on the frequently read list.
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My daughter and I loved the hardback book we checked out from the library. I decided to buy her this board book since it was more durable. The story is essentially the same, but some parts of the story are phrased differently. The hardback had better flow. Fuge is from England, so I assume that some phrasing in the board book can be attributed to that. Maybe the hardback version was edited for American english readers?!?
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This book has been a repeat library book for our family, and I finally purchased it. However, the words/phrases are different in this version, perhaps this is the original British version and our library had a US version? In any event, this particular one has some odd wording and isn't nearly as fun or cute as the other. I'm super bummed :-(
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Have you ever sipped tea with a rhino, sang songs with an ape, or treated a dragon for a cold? Well, Charles Fuge has a story for you called "I Know a Rhino" which invites you into a loveable animal adventure that will make your imagination run wild like the girl in the story. All while just being at home a girl has lots of fun with eight different animals which are all her friends and at the end of the book you will see why. The text is told in first person and printed in a thick black ink that really stands out against the bright pages. Each double spread page is devoted to one animal which gives the girl different emotions that are vivid in the watercolor paintings. The impressionistic art accurately portrays the size difference between the girl and each animal; he even makes you turn the book vertically to show the height of the giraffe. The balance between the text and illustrations is unparalleled and makes this a picture book that will want to be read over and over again. This is the ultimate animal fantasy for every preschooler to realize that in their imaginative world they can do anything even if they are stuck at home.
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Sweet little story, awesome illustrations... This one became one of our favorite at the very first read !
In short, there is that little girl who knows various animals and does various activities with them...until we realize they are all the animals she goes to bed with.... super duper cute.
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I love, love, love his illustrations of animals. It's also a cute little rhyming story. I bought because I also loved "Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in Ball." I wasn't disappointed with this purchase.
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This is my daughter's favorite book and I love reading it to her because the rhymes are excellent. However I have read not to buy the board book because the wording is different. For some reason this book seems hard to find but I lucked on finding it after checking it out at the library.
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