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Wild About Books Hardcover – August 10, 2004
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Can you imagine a yak reading about grasses? A trout reading about flies? What about an elephant reading about the latest stealth methods?
Judy Sierra can! And Marc Brown can draw these amazing animals, too!
As a mom with four avid readers, Wild About Books is a wonderful, imagination-opening adventure into the zoobrary - combining a love of reading with a love of animals. The Seuss-like words flow from your lips as fast as the rabbits and gnus can turn the pages. The ideas and conversations that flowed after reading this book were nearly as much fun as the books - one daughter wanted to go directly to our local zoo...another took the book outside to read to our dog...the youngest wanted to know more about each animal...and on and on!
Books are written to be read and listened to. They are illustrated to draw the reader into the story content. Ms. Sierra and Mr. Brown have truly captured their young audience with both - giving insight into a flowing zoo world, while opening up the imagination of the child.
The Queen's kids rate Wild About Books all 10 piggies!
As mentioned by a previous reviewer, the rhythm and rhyme are wonderful. We read a great deal of poetry -Seuss, Goose, Silverstein, Emerson, Whitman -- and the quality of Ms. Sierra's prose really stands out as being worth the reading.
And, of course, hubby and I really like that all of the excitement is about books. [We're big book readers in our family, but I don't think enough good press can be had for books, reading and libraries.]
The artwork is imaginative and fun as well, with plenty of the more uncommon children's animals listed. Onyx and skinks, gnu and bandicoots, for example.
Five Stars. Great read-aloud. Great rhythm and rhyme. Fun pictures. It all adds up to a good time for children and adults alike. Definitely worth buying.
A sample follows so
you may judge for yourself:
"Raccoons read alone and baboons read in bunches,
And llamas read dramas while eating their llunches.
Hyenas shared jokes with the red-bellied snakes,
And they howled and they hissed till their funny bones ached."
When the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew,
By mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.
Molly opened the door, and she let down the stair,
Turned on the computer, and sat in her chair
At first all the animals watched from a distance,
But Molly could conquer the strongest resistance."
And so begins this wonderful little story of how all of the animals in the zoo were introduced to book and to reading. The entire book is a continuous rhyme; and a well done one I might add. With its sing-song beat it absolutely captivates the little one when it is read to them
We are introduced to all of the animals living here, one after the other (even the bugs) and what their reading tastes are.
The art work here is great...sort of impressionistic with great detail thrown in for good measure and even a bit of the primitive pops-up here and there. Actually, the style Marc Brown uses in this one is rather unique and is quite eye catching - both in execution and in color combinations and blends.
Children instantly relate to the animals by putting themselves in the place of all the critters when it comes to picking out books. This is a wonderful book to encourage good reading habits and creates interest among the wee ones concerning books and what can be found in them.
The oversized pages and paintings along with the rhyming beat make this one an ideal group read. Much discussion can be mined from each page of this book. Kids like animals; they like looking at them and talking about them and when you mix those likes with books you have a very useful motivating and teaching tool.
I like this work. I wish I had written it and wish I had the ability to create the art work that is displayed her. This one is a winner all the way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. My son received it as a gift several years ago. I purchased it as a classroom gift for his first grade teacher.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book and is a great gift to share with young & old.Published 2 months ago by Gerard J Dodman
When a bookmobile ends up in a zoo by mistake, the animals all fall in love with books and reading. A really fun tale about the importance of books for everyone. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lynn
A fun book with a quick cadence. Introduces new words in a fun way.Published 8 months ago by Amy R.
We love this book. A teacher who was retiring gave me her copies of many of her favorite books for my daughter, and this book was among them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jenn