Animals Speak

Overview

Did you ever wonder what animals say in different languages? In German a sheep says MC$h, but in Spain a sheep says Bee. Speaking of bees, in English they buzz, but in Swedish, bees say Surr. Complete with a guide to animal "languages" around the world, children and adults alike will enjoy seeing and hearing how animals "speak" in other lands.

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Overview

Did you ever wonder what animals say in different languages? In German a sheep says MC$h, but in Spain a sheep says Bee. Speaking of bees, in English they buzz, but in Swedish, bees say Surr. Complete with a guide to animal "languages" around the world, children and adults alike will enjoy seeing and hearing how animals "speak" in other lands.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
In the introduction to this amusing book about language, Prap explains to her readers that just like people speak different languages, animals also speak in different languages. She then introduces readers to 14 animals and shares their "talk" in 41 different languages. Some languages will be familiar to children, but others—like Catalan, Mokshan, or Retoromanian—might be completely unfamiliar to children (and their parents). The book includes a comprehensive pronunciation guide so readers can "nau," "cirip," and "cot-cot-codak" along with the animals. Colorful, fun, full-page illustrations depict the animals in a gently humorous way. Nevertheless, flags are linked to language instead of country, which can be confusing at times. Identification of flag by country would help. Still, this book is an overall great way to introduce children to language.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-What do a donkey, sheep, duck, horse, bee, cow, pig, cat, dog, bird, rooster, hen, frog, and elephant have in common? They all speak. And in this book, they speak 41 different languages including English, Afrikaans, Farsi, and Romany. The endpapers provide phonetic pronunciation guides for all 574 words, while each spread includes the English word(s) and highlights four or five other languages. The illustrations are colorful and charming. However, the flags connected with each language are not labeled, and since there is no country of Farsi or Romany, some readers might want to know what nation the accompanying flags represent. Additionally, Retoromanian appears to be spoken in various areas since a blend of flags resides beside it, but it's unclear where this language is spoken. Children could use the vibrant picture clues to "read" the book, and may just fill in the animal sounds in their own language, despite the actual words on the page.-Alexa Sandmann, Kent State University, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735820586
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (NY)
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: Multilingu
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 781,555
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Lilijana Praprotnik Zupancic (Lila Prap) was born in 1955 and is one of the most popular author/illustrators not only in Slovenia but increasingly in the rest of the world. She loves to draw animals and was a nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration.

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