Animal ABC

Animal ABC

by Marcus Pfister
     
 

I can blend-in with a leaf or tree—changing colors, so you can’t see me! 
Marcus Pfister’s playful rhymes highlight the distinctive features of each animal—from alligator to zebra—allowing little listeners to guess the name of each animal. Pfister’s bold, colorful illustrations capture each critter in all of

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I can blend-in with a leaf or tree—changing colors, so you can’t see me! 
Marcus Pfister’s playful rhymes highlight the distinctive features of each animal—from alligator to zebra—allowing little listeners to guess the name of each animal. Pfister’s bold, colorful illustrations capture each critter in all of their glory and name the animal in bold letters so children can see if their guesses were correct—a ferociously fun way to learn about the alphabet and animals. 

• A basic concept book with Pfister’s identifiable style.
• Read-aloud rhymes that make learning your letters fun!
• Pfister is the bestselling author of the Rainbow Fish series.
 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From alligator to zebra, Pfister takes readers on an alphabetical tour of the animal kingdom, with just a few departures from reality—U is for a unicorn (“I’m a horse with a spiral horn./ In someone’s dream I was born”) and X is represented by a hybrid frog/duck/xylophone creature, a xylophonius. Pfister’s paintings have the cabbage-leaf texture of his recent books including Ava’s Poppy and Questions, Questions; impressively, it’s just as successful at conjuring the fur of a hare or orangutan as it is at approximating iguana hide and quetzal plumage. Although the book’s verse is a bit stilted, Pfister’s skillful paintings will hold young readers’ attention. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Booklist - Carolyn Phelan
"Each page of this colorful alphabet book features one simply portrayed animal...the images of animals are nicely done, and prereaders will enjoy guessing, or even learning, their names."- Booklist
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
PreS-Gr 2—In this delightful title, Pfister uses clear and inviting drawings, easy-to-read sentences, and large type to make Animal ABC an appealing addition. The simplicity of the rhyming text is well suited to independent readers. Watercolor appears to be his chosen medium for this gorgeous and well-designed book, and the animals are given texture and dimensionality via the paper that is used. Most of the animals will be easily recognized, with the possible exception of the numbat, quetzal, viper, and wombat. A couple of entries weaken the natural-history presentation, but are still fun, such as the unicorn ("I'm a horse with a spiral horn./In someone's dream I was born") and the xylophonius ("Made-up creatures are so much fun./Give it a try! Can you make one?"). This bold and colorful title will keep listeners' attention.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Animal alphabet books abound, so it takes something special to make one stand out; this one doesn't have it. First published in Switzerland, this American adaptation highlights each animal's characteristics in a two-line, first-person rhyme that offers a clue to the identity of the animal depicted above it. "I have scales and a toothy smile. / Just don't call me crocodile." Below the rhyme is the animal's identity: ALLIGATOR. Each page features one animal illustrated in brightly colored paints set against contrasting backgrounds. Textures resembling sponge-paintings add visual interest. Many of the creatures are familiar, but others are unusual, making the guessing-game aspect hard for preschoolers: C for chameleon; J for jaguar; N for numbat; Q for quetzal; R for raven. Unfortunately, two of the animals are imaginary, which disrupts the overall formulation. U is for unicorn and X for "xylophonius": "Made-up creatures are so much fun. / Give it a try! Can you make one?" As the book lacks backmatter, the only key to identifying the animal is in the rhyme. Pfister has a following, so adults who recognize his name will likely be drawn to the (hologram-free) artwork. Others may want to choose from among the more classic animal ABCs. (Alphabet book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735841369
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
788,220
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children. He has worked as a graphic artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer as well as a children's book creator. Pfister lives with his family in Berne, Switzerland.

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