Carnival of the Animalsby John Lithgow
While on a class trip to the Natural History Museum, young Oliver wanders off and falls asleep, only to discover that his classmates, family, and teachers have turned into the animals from the museum displays: His librarian becomes a portly kangaroo; the headmaster becomes a pompous lion; and his great-aunt is a stately swan.
Told as a story for the first time,
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Carnival of the Animals based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I love this book! I think it is great for kids. Another reviewer felt it was for older kids, and I couldn't disagree more. My two and a half year old loved it. It is both intelligent and fun. We borrowed it from the library and I will be buying it for Christmas. This book would not be appropriate for most toddlers, but the recommended age of 5 - 10 is right on target.
I thought this book was an interesting twist to the timeless musical piece Carnival of the Animals. Students who have no interest in music at all are drawn to this books funny antics, and memorable music.
While the illustrations are very nice and the book is lovely, the wording of this book is very inappropriate for young children. I had purchased this book to teach my elementary catholic school general music class. When I read it I was astounded to see that they opted to use Jackass instead of donkey and cock instead of peacock. Not what I wish to teach my students. It's not at all for ages 5-10. I'd recommend it for an older group of you wish to use it in the classroom. The recording is fine as well, but Lithgow's narration should have been rethought before publishing.