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Roly Poly Pangolin Hardcover – March 9, 2010
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I was very excited for this book featuring a pangolin. I had not ever heard of pangolins before I heard of this book. When I first read about this book, I began doing some research. The information I found was fascinating. I began to wonder how Ms. Dewdney would take the pangolin and make it a children's book character. She succeeded brilliantly!
I am a kindergarten teacher, and Ms. Dewdney's books are a staple of my classroom. My students love her books. They were fascinated when I read them "Roly Poly Pangolin." We were able to discuss many different social aspects -- being scared, playing with others, etc. -- however, the students really wanted to learn more about pangolins and see real photos of them.
I think this book is excellent, and it should definitely have a home in your home and school library.
A pangolin is a scale-covered mammal with a furry belly and gives birth to only one baby per pregnancy. It is a timid creature which eats ants and slugs, not bugs (as we learn by reading Anna Dewdney's marvelously informative books). Its habitat is Africa, India, China, and Southeast Asia, a surprisingly large area if we consider its endangered status. Man is its worst enemy (although Anna doesn't tell us why in the endnote). There. Now you know as much about pangolins as I do. Oh, one more thing. Ms Dewdney traveled to Vietnam just to see a pangolin before she wrote and illustrated her book. There's a photo to show such. A pangolin is about the size of a raccoon or large possum.
If you can see Roly Poly's face on the cover, I ask that you look even more closely. Recognize that face? It resembles the face of Ms Dewdney's really famous book character--Llama llama. ("Llama Llama Mad at Mama" is my favorite!) As a PK3-8th librarian, I should have recognized it (but didn't even think about it). Sweet, gentle.
In each of her books, Ms Dewdney converts a childhood experience into an animal expression. In "Roly Poly Pangolin" the character is afraid of new things and rolls into a ball, hiding itself from the world until it feels safe again. Much like children. The pangolin even rides on its mama's long tail (in a true clinging fashion).Read more ›
Roly Poly heard a little noise and was sure it was a monster. Eeew! His arms splayed out to his side, his eyes widened and he began to run. All of a sudden he stubbed his toe, went down and roll, roll, rolled up into a ball. He was very quiet and didn't move. His eyes were shut, "The world's outside but he's within-Roly Poly Pangolin." Roly Poly heard a strange little sound and opened up his eye just a bit and saw another little ball staring at him. What could it be?
This adorable little roly poly, timid pangolin and his antics will make the reader smile. Although not quite as funny as his book cousin, Llama Llama, Roly Poly is nonetheless quite a charmer. This story is rhyme doesn't miss a beat and the illustrations are whimsical and quite expressive. In the back of the book is a brief discussion of the endangered pangolin. If you want to add another one of Anna Dewdney's charming stories to your list, this is one you may wish to consider!
Poor things are being hunted out in asia.
Good book though. Cute characters and my 5 year old son really loves it.
I'm a retired elementary teacher and would highly recommend this book for every primary school, church, public, and family library. It not only is as fun to read as "Cat in the Hat" but it teaches. Kids (like me) will learn of this far away animal, and also a lessons about fear, trying things the first time, and working together. That's a lot packed into a short book that reads to quickly it has never to be turned down.
"Sure we'll read 'Roly Poly' again."
Practice that line, parents and teachers. You'll be using it often. And the art work is Dewdney delicious. It makes me want to get out my paints and try painting a Roly Poly Pangolin myself. Better yet, I'll do that with one of my grandchildren, right after reading them my copy of Roly Poly. Maybe paint Poly Periwinkle and Pink.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Adorable! And it highlights an animal who is not very well known, particularly in the U.S.!Published 8 months ago by Kristina Brazeal
Such an adorable book! The rhymes and the flow of the story go together well and the pictures are very cute. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alice McCrum
Love this book!!! Much better value here than Barnes & Noble.
Arrived when anticipated.
Really nice book. Great illustrations and nice story. Would highly recommend this book to young readers.Published 16 months ago by Susan Willsey
Not sure why this is only available from third party sellers, especially since it was so recently published. Read morePublished 19 months ago by chunksmoo
Toddlers and very young readers will delight in the adventures of Roly Poly as he explores the big world around him. Read morePublished on August 3, 2014 by Donna L Martin
It's a bit repetitive for my tastes but I guess kids don't mind. Nice way to learn about this endangered species. Teaches us to love even the most unconventional creatures.Published on May 17, 2014 by tedsmum