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Zoo - ology Hardcover – October 3, 2003
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PreSchool-Grade 3-Jolivet presents striking, oversized panoramas of living creatures from all corners of the globe. The animals appear in eclectic groups such as "underground," "at night," or "black and white" rather than more conventional divisions. The resulting patterns reveal the variety yet interconnectedness of the living world. Younger children will enjoy hunting for the chameleon that can be found on each spread, which may be challenging since it changes color and posture from page to page. Adults may consult the four pages of notes written in small type at book's end to learn a fact or two about each animal. However, the text is really a supplement to the splendid illustrations. Besides its attraction for browsers and its potential as an attention-getting introduction to studies about animals, the book could serve as a stimulus for students working on graphic-design projects. Consequently, the audience for this lovely volume may extend well beyond the primary grades.
Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
PreS. A teeming zoo of creatures swims, flies, and stampedes through the nearly two-foot-tall pages of this beautifully illustrated French import. There are few words and no story. Instead, Jolivet groups her animals loosely into sometimes rhyming categories related to habitats, habits, or appearance: "In the Trees, "In the Seas, "At Night," "Spots and Stripes," and so on. Rendered in bright colors and in the bold, clean lines and graphic contrasts of linoleum cuts, the animals appear in chaotic spreads that may be more decorative than instructive. But the book's magnificent size and diversity of animals make a powerful visual impact that will easily attract preschoolers to the expansive pages, where they'll point to the animals they know and discover a world of new species. Browsers will also like the hide-and-seek game offered by a hidden chameleon on each page. An appendix, printed in tiny type, offers one or two facts about each of the many animals featured in the book. An unusual, and unusually handsome, offering. Gillian Engberg
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And the opinion that matters most: Our daughter adores it. So much that she has "broke it" (ripped it) a few times with all her excited page turning. She can name a good portion of the animals, and now is to the age of asking what the unrecognized ones are and attempting to repeat the names.
Note on the format: It's so big your kids may rip the pages and eventually the cover / binding. I'm on my second version of the book, and it too is tattered. I'll get a third, to remain in crisp condition, for when my kids are older.
We play the game "I'm thinking of an animal " and the players ask "yes/no" questions.
This is a great coffee table book for adults as well as children.