Animachines

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Learn how animals do what machines can too!

A whale can dive, and so can a submarine. A pony will pull, just like a tow truck. In fact, every animal in Animachines performs an action just like that of a vehicle!

Animachines creatively combines two of children's favorite topics -- animals and machines -- and compares them to demonstrate concepts like dig, crawl, squirt, and carry. In all, ten active animals and...

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Overview

Learn how animals do what machines can too!

A whale can dive, and so can a submarine. A pony will pull, just like a tow truck. In fact, every animal in Animachines performs an action just like that of a vehicle!

Animachines creatively combines two of children's favorite topics -- animals and machines -- and compares them to demonstrate concepts like dig, crawl, squirt, and carry. In all, ten active animals and their actions are matched with ten mighty machines.

With words that whoosh, r-r-r-reach, and G-R-R-ROWL, and softly colored pictures alive with whimsy (and some tiny friends to find on each page), Animachines is sure to delight active young minds.

Key Features:

  • Innovative combination of popular subjects: animals and machines
  • Three levels of learning:
    1) animal names; 2) vehicle names; 3) verb concepts
  • Playful illustrations with look-and-find details
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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Children's Book News
Active, noisy preschoolers will love this little book about animals and their counterparts. There isn't a passive voice to be found, and the verbs fairly bounce off the page.

— Brenda Halliday

Booklist
A solid attractive offering that children will request for repeated readings.
— Gillian Engberg
Canadian Materials
My two-year-old loved Animachines from the first reading and continues to imitate the words and sounds throughout the day.
— Stephanie Yamniuk
Booklist / RBB
A solid attractive offering that children will request for repeated readings.

— Gillian Engberg

Canadian Children's Book News - Brenda Halliday
Active, noisy preschoolers will love this little book about animals and their counterparts. There isn't a passive voice to be found, and the verbs fairly bounce off the page.
Booklist / RBB - Gillian Engberg
A solid attractive offering that children will request for repeated readings.
Canadian Materials - Stephanie Yamniuk
In this delightful book, a whale and a submarine can both dive, a lion and a monster truck can both roar, and a sea turtle and a bulldozer can both crawl. In fact, every animal in Animachines can do something just like a vehicle can! Animachines provides a fresh look at ten lively animals whose actions match those of ten mighty machines. Readers learn concepts such as squirt, pull, race and stretch by looking at the pictures and seeing both animal and machine acting out the verb. The pictures are soft and inviting, and each of the ten verbs includes a fairy-like little gnome also acting out the word. Toddlers can make a game of finding her and explaining what she is doing! ... My two-year-old loved Animachines from the first reading and continues to imitate the words and sounds throughout the day. Highly Recommended.
Children's Literature
Various animals are compared to machines in this slight but amusing picture book. A giraffe is like a cherry picker truck with its long neck that allows it to stretch and reach juicy leaves high up on a tree. Birds and planes fly, but passengers would rather the plane not swoop and soar like an albatross can. Cheetahs and racecars are both built for speed while badgers are champion diggers just like excavating machines. Whales and submarines can make deep dives; ponies can pull loads just like tow trucks can. Lions are known for their roars and a big monster truck can also roar. Young readers will have fun with the sounds and comparisons and may even come up with a few of their own after reading this book. 2003, Annick, Ages 2 to 5.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Pearson and Hilb have attempted to draw comparisons between the actions of animals and the workings of everyday machines. The watercolors are clear and uncluttered and the text is simple ("A pony tugs a wagon, clip-clop. A tow truck hooks a car and chugs off"), but pairing the two actions somehow misses the mark. The images seem to require more life experience than preschoolers have to visualize them. Few children will understand that ponies and tow trucks both work at moving things; nor will they think of sea turtles' slow creep across the sand as being related to their beloved bulldozers ("A sea turtle creeps over the sand. A bulldozer slowly treads by"). While there is certainly an unquenchable demand for books on machines for preschoolers, young listeners will be better served by Tana Hoban's classic Dig, Drill, Dump, and Fill (Greenwillow, 1975), Kate McMullan's irrepressible garbage truck in I Stink (HarperCollins, 2002), or the rereleased combination of animals and machines in Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go (Golden, 1998).-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550377965
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/6/2003
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Debora Pearson is the author of several children's books and the co-author of the Adventure Travel series, which earned places on VOYA's Nonfiction Honor list and in the prestigious international White Raven Collection. Her books include Hidden Worlds and Load 'Em Up Trucks.

Nora Hilb is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of children's books in her native Argentina and around the world.

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