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The Long, Long Line Hardcover – August 13, 2013
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A bird instructs other animals to line up single file, although readers (and most of the animals) are clueless about why they are queuing. Ohmura depicts, identifies, and numbers each animal, from “#50 Frog” to “#1 Elephant.” Ordered from smallest to largest, many make fidgety comments: “What’s this line for?” “What? You don’t know?” After a patient wait, the goal is finally disclosed—a jumbo coaster ride on the back of a whale. In a revealing gatefold, readers see each animal lined up from the whale’s snout to tail, and subsequent spreads depict the ride’s stomach-churning acrobatics and delighted passengers. Ohmura employs a white background with a black lower edge on which the vividly colored animals stand, while numbers and labels underneath each creature aid in identification. This is a tale rich with opportunities for learning. Preschoolers will enjoy counting, noting relative sizes, and naming the animals; slightly older children will appreciate reading the witty repartee and solving the mystery. This makes a great choice for STEM story hours. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kay Weisman
Longlisted for the ALSC Notable Children's Books List, 2013
Named to the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's 2014 Baker's Dozen List
"This Japanese import supports concept learning on multiple levels, from counting and animals (including predator-prey relationships) to delayed gratification, and the wealth of storytelling detail on each double-page spread rewards repeat viewing. But in the end, that's all gravy: this book is fun. Who wouldn't want a ride on this whale of a good time?"
Horn Book, August 1, 2013
"Totally engaging, the book offers multiple forms of participation...it's a whale of a fun ride!"
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW, May 15, 2013
"This is a tale rich with opportunities for learning. Preschoolers will enjoy counting, noting relative sizes, and naming the animals; slightly older children will appreciate reading the witty repartee and solving the mystery. This makes a great choice for STEM story hours."
Booklist Review, August 1, 2013
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Found this book at our local library & my 19 month old didn't put it down for days. She learned to ask for "long long line?" And now can name all the animals (including the tapir).
So much fun for a kid who lives & breathes animals all day long