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Posted June 8, 2009
Fun rhythmic read
Kids may know they have feet with toes, but what kinds of feet do animals have? A boy and girl go on a nighttime dream journey of discovery to see for themselves.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Vibrant rhyming phrases describe each animal's activities using their feet. Colorful images created by Sherry Rogers show them digging, leaping, splashing and hopping. This nocturnal adventure takes the kids outside their home, off to the arctic, deep into Africa, and to the wilds of Australia to see the various animals.
Finally the kids arrive back home to their own beds, surrounded by the animals they've gone to visit. The last section of this book includes a quiz matching the animals to the feet, as well as facts on the different types of feet.
Paws, Claws, Hands and Feet is an active, rhythmic story that kids will enjoy reading over and over. A fresh look at the animals and their feet educates as well as entertains. This fun and informative book would make a great addition to any kid's collection.
Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews
Posted May 11, 2009
interesting story combined with good information
What would you do if you woke up and found all kinds of animals in your bedroom, your yard, and all over the place? Kimberly Hutmacher's rhyming text and Sherry Rogers's colorful illustrations show young readers how a couple of children find a squirrel in their bedroom, a monkey up a tree in their yard, and a spider hanging from their window. They get to see frogs and fish in a pond, penguins in the Antarctic, elephants and lions in Africa, kangaroos in Australia, a gigantic turtle on an island, an eagle with its young in their nest, and a panda in a cave. But did they really see it all, or were they just dozing and dreaming?
Sylvan Dell books for children are wonderful because they combine an interesting story that youngsters will enjoy with facts that they can readily absorb. They will be fascinated as they join the animals in running, jumping, leaping, hopping-all of which kids like to do anyway-and then resting. I especially appreciated the closing picture of the boy asleep with the open book on his bed, which subtly encourages children to find adventures in reading. At the end of Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet, there are four pages of "For Creative Minds" activities. Parents and teachers can find further information about "Related Websites" and "Teaching Activities" at Sylvan Dell Publishing's website to help them expand the learning possibilities. I really like this book!
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