Animal Parade

Animal Parade

by Jakki Wood
     
 

Takes the form of a parade, with 90 species of wild animals, from antelope to zebra, marching nose-to-tail through the pages. Each animal is labelled in bold type. All alphabet letters are shown in upper and lower case. Jakki Wood is the author of "A Cat's Tail" and the "Animal Friends" series. See more details below

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Takes the form of a parade, with 90 species of wild animals, from antelope to zebra, marching nose-to-tail through the pages. Each animal is labelled in bold type. All alphabet letters are shown in upper and lower case. Jakki Wood is the author of "A Cat's Tail" and the "Animal Friends" series.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ninety-eight creatures promenade across the pages of this populous alphabet book. From left to right on the first spread, for example, aardvark, antelopes, anteater and ants pursue beaver, bison, bear, bee and butterflies, while the hind quarters of letter C's camel appear on the very edge of the right-hand page. Occasionally the species interact (quetzal, raccoon and rat ride atop the rhinoceros; woe betide the ant nearest the anteater) and, apart from their anthropomorphized grins, they are depicted fairly realistically. Wood's palette, too, is especially felicitious. On balance, however, the book is rather static. The background is uniformly blank, accentuating the clarity of the color illustrations but providing no context for the ``parade,'' which begins and ends for undetermined reasons at undetermined sites. Kids, however, may enjoy the multitude of friendly creatures--and learn some zoological identification along the route. Ages 1-5. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- A gorgeous alphabetical procession. Clean white pages are filled with full-color paintings of engaging creatures, proceeding from left to right. Wood mixes the familiar bee and caterpillar with the more exotic ibex and hornbill. The animals interact across the double-page spreads and from one page to the next. For example, an orangutan, riding on the back of an okapi, reaches back to an ostrich. A gorilla gives a friendly nudge to the rump in front of him; the flip of the page reveals that it belongs to a hippopotamus. Quetzals, quails, a quokka, and a quoll more than fill the quota of ``Q'' words. One quibble is the use of a uakari, pronounced ``wah-kahr-ee,'' for the letter ``U.'' Ann Jonas's Aardvarks, Disembark! (Greenwillow, 1990) sets an alphabetical parade in reverse order, in the frame of a Noah's Ark story, and includes lots more animals, some of which are extinct or endangered. Wood's straightforward ABC is fine just the way it is. A lovely picture book. --Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA
Ilene Cooper
Animals are on parade in this alphabet book in which the pleasure is in the pictures. Each page shows several animals, whose names begin with the letter that appears in the corner, moving across the spread. An aardvark, antelope, and anteater are right behind a beaver, bison, and bear and the back end of a camel. The rest of the camel appears when you turn the page. As usual, Wood's watercolors, outlined in ink, are crisp, clean, and very attractive. And even though the artwork is straightforward, Wood gets touches of humor in throughout, like ants running away from the anteater, and a dolphin leaping from one page to another. A charmer for kids alone and in groups.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780027933949
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.39(w) x 8.73(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 5 Years

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