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Posted July 26, 2013
As with all of Marianne Berkes' books, when I first read it I thought "What a great idea! Why didn't I think of that?" And that is what makes the books of Marianne Berkes stand out in a crowd. In my years as a children's librarian and later as a mother of an avid "reader", I have read classics, old and new, but never have I read a book like Animalogy. I've read several opposite books. I've read quite a few comparison books. But I have never read an analogy book for toddlers/preschooler before. Even if my not-quite-three-year-old does not fully understand the concept of analogy, at least when it is presented to him in school, it will be a reacquaintance and not a new introduction.
The illustrations in this book are sharp. I would have thought almost too sharp, especially the lion's and dog's teeth; however, my little boy does not seem to agree with me. At his age, he still likes cute and cuddly -- Classic Winnie the Pooh, but he also likes sharp and spiky -- rubbery, ugly dinosaurs. I think he likes the danger that can be found in the natural environment, from a safe distance, of course. Anyway, the animals are instantly recognizable to him and he seems to prefer that over the silly cartoony ones that could be one thing as easily as another. And, when it comes down to it, so do I.
So, if you are like me and are hoping to raise a genius (or at least a smart, young reader), you will need to add this book to your children's library.
Posted July 2, 2013
Animalogy, Animal Analogies is an enchanting little book that uses analogies to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between a variety of animals, each in its own ecosystem. It teaches the literary form of analogies while encouraging simple analytical skills.
The illustrator has done a masterful job in representing each of the animals in its own ecosystem and fulfilling its own niche. The illustrations are whimsical and enchanting.
Included after the story is a section entitled, “For Creative Minds”. It has several different kinds of matching games and activities. These games enlarge upon analogies already learned in the story. The reader is aided in drawing his or her own analogies. Another comparative game that is included compares the different animal sizes. One game helps the reader determine the best descriptive verbs to describe ten different animal movements and descriptive adjectives to describe animal coverings. Finally, the author includes a website with a video including the book’s illustrations with the actual sounds that each animal makes.
I enjoyed the book immensely, and I think it would be a wonderful addition to any early elementary classroom or as an addition to a home collection to be read again and again! (Reviewed S. Fincannon)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Animalogy was provided by Sylvan Dell to facilitate our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
Posted November 18, 2011
Animalogy - Animal Analogies, written by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Cathy Morrison, is an educator's dream when it comes to teaching youngsters about analogies. Vibrant, expressive and beautiful full color images spring to life from the pages of this wonderfully illustrated picture book.
Profoundly educational in its simplicity, Animology offers many easy-to-comprehend examples of analogies as they relate to animals, such as..."Ant is to tiny, as hippo is to big."
In addition, the educational section in the back provides cross-curricular teaching activities, interactive quizzes and more.
Animalogy - Animal Analogies, would make an excellent addition to any P-3 teacher's academic library. We highly recommend this book, which has earned our Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Posted October 4, 2011
Do you know what an analogy is? If you answer that it's when something is like something else, that's close enough. Remembering her days in the classroom and the need for analogies, author Marianne Berkes, a retired teacher and librarian, compares and contrasts different animals by using predictable, rhyming analogies of body parts, size, actions, and classifications. "Ant is to tiny, as hippo is to big." Other animals included are deer, mice, chicks, bears, rabbits, skunks, bats, eagles, dogs, lions, robins, goldfish, frogs, moose, flounder, snakes, and bees. How do you think beavers and spiders might be compared?
Animalogy has large, colorful, life-like paintings by illustrator Cathy Morrison, but it is more than just a picture book. It's intended to be both a fun-to-read story and a launching pad for learning, either in the classroom or at home. Of course, there is a wealth of information about the different animals that can lead to further discussion, but there is also the added benefit of introducing the concept of analogy. In the back are found six pages of learning activities, including questions about different kinds of analogies and material on animal classification. In addition, even more free activities for the book may be obtained online at the publisher's website. Youngsters always love to learn about animals, and they will love this book.
Posted August 18, 2011
I still have a memory of a time in first grade (a looooong time ago) when our class was learning about analogies. I just didn't get it. Try as she might, our teacher couldn't get the concept through my thick head. I even had to stay after school so she could give me some extra one-on-one time. Fortunately, I did finally grasp the concept and move on to bigger and better things. But gosh, I sure wish I had Sylvan Dell's new book, Animalogy to help me through that time. Animalogy, like all of the Sylvan Dell books I've read, are eye-candy for both young and old. The illustrations are absolutely stunning. But that is just a tiny part of these books, which take teaching very seriously. From math concepts to conservation of endangered species, these books teach children important lessons while holding their attention with bright, colorful illustrations and cheerful stories. Animalogy doesn't disappoint and so, in a whimsical, sing-songy rhyming way, introduces the concept of analogies to early readers. Bat is to flit,/As eagle is to soar./Dog is to bark,/as lion is to roar. In the back of the book, "For Creative Minds" takes the idea of analogies further. There are six pages of explanations as well as projects such as picking which words best described a pictured animal's action, and matching a type of skin (fur, scales, feathers, etc.) to the various pictures. There are also more (free!) activities online at the publisher's website. Quill says: If you want to introduce your child or classroom to the concept of analogies, you'll want this book to help you along.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.