The Aminalby Lorna Balian, Balian Lecia
Patrick finds an "aminal" and takes it home. Along the way, he describes it to his friends until they all think they must save him from the giant "aminal" monster!
Children's LiteraturePatrick catches a wild creature while he is having a picnic by himself. He decides to take the creature home with him so they can be friends forever. Patrick makes a bed for the creature in his lunch bag and starts walking home. Patrick meets Molly on the way and tells her about the "aminal" inside his lunch bag. She imagines a huge, green monster with wild eyes and a long waggly tail. Molly tells Calvin, who then tells another child. Each time the story is told the monster becomes more and more frightening. Soon all of Patrick's friends are worried and think that he needs to be saved from the monster. When they meet the real animal, will they be frightened or relieved? This is a story that children can relate to because of the exaggerations added through each retelling of the story. The reader does not see a picture of the real creature until the end of the story, so this adds to the reader's enjoyment of the tale. This is a delightful book for young children. 2005, Star Bright Books, Ages 5 to 8.
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This book has been a favorite for many years! I am thrilled that is has been re-released in full, glorious color! It is simply outstanding. The story is simple but enchanting. Patrick finds an 'aminal' and describes it to a friend, who then tells another pal, etc. each time the description changes slightly until their imaginations go wild! The illustrations of the kids 'imaginations' are delightful! Of course, the ending is perfect, you will have to find out for yourself!
The Aminal is a cute story that is a lot of funny to read to your young children. All 3 of my children have had me read it to them over and over again. The first time is a great surprise, after that it is just plain fun!