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Pack your bags and put on your travelin' shoes! There's an animal adventure waiting for you! Awake with the HOWLER MONKEYS, twist into a pretzel like a QUETZAL, hang with a SLOTH, be will-nilly like a CHINCHILLA. Squawk with an AUK, bump your rump like a CAMEL, be silly with a BILBY, and drift off to sleep in ...
Pack your bags and put on your travelin' shoes! There's an animal adventure waiting for you! Awake with the HOWLER MONKEYS, twist into a pretzel like a QUETZAL, hang with a SLOTH, be will-nilly like a CHINCHILLA. Squawk with an AUK, bump your rump like a CAMEL, be silly with a BILBY, and drift off to sleep in the deep of the OUTBACK. Fun-filled and fact-packed, AROUND THE WORLD ON EIGHTY LEGS is the ticket for an unforgettable adventure!
The yakkity yakkity yakkity yak-
Why is it the yak never answers you back?
To a yak, nothing's worse
Than to have to converse-
The yakkity yakkity yak.
The "Eighty Legs" of the title refer to sum of all the animals (their legs, actually) within—such animals as the Japanese macaques that need a Jacuzzi "when winter is a doozy" and an echidna that's described as "Pointy, poky. / Prickly, stickly." Amusing poems, some simple, others more sophisticated, about unusual and well-known animals from South America, the Arctic and Antarctic, Africa, Asia and Australia fill this volume. Most of North America and Europe are ignored, but from the quetzal to the cassowary, kids will go on quite a journey. The watercolor, gouache and colored-pencil illustrations are comical; the toothy goanna's portrait takes up a whole page, with his long tail going off the edge and then curving around the top. On another double-page spread, the Australian outback stretches into the distance with one furious dingo "penned" on one side of a fence and an endless, calm flock of sheep on the other. While there is no index of titles or first lines, a "Menagerie of Facts"—interesting tidbits about each animal mentioned—is arranged alphabetically with the animal names highlighted in red. A very general map provides some geographic orientation. This collection will be enjoyed in home, classroom (the poet is a former teacher) and library settings, where young poets can try writing their own verses. Not very scientific, but fun.(Picture book/poetry. 6-9)
Posted January 27, 2012
"Around the World on Eighty Legs" creatively teaches about both well known and obscure animals with refreshing vocabulary. At 45 years of age, I have just been introduced to the Agouti and its responsibility for Brazil nut trees, the sour smelling stomach of the Hoatzin, and the sticky-tongued Pangolin. I am thrilled to see vocabulary that young readers can acquire through descriptions like "...his prominent, eminent, salient schnoz."
This books begins with a map of continental regions, abounds with active and humorous illustrations and brilliantly crafted descriptions, and concludes with a menagerie of brief facts about each of the animals pictured in the book.
I recommend this book for anyone of any age who is curious about animals. My 10 and 12 year old daughters enjoyed this book too and return to read it again. It's delightful!
Posted March 26, 2011
This book is cleverly written. The mix of fun language and fact is perfect for kids and adults alike. My students wanted to do more research about the animals right away, and my two children fight over who gets to read it first. The illustrations match the whimsical feel of the poems to create a book that we'll read over and over for many years to come.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2011
"Around the World on Eighty Legs" is a delightful book of pictures and poems about animals around the world. I bought it for my three year old (who loves animals) and he now asks to read it every night. The pictures are beautifully quirky and the poems that accompany them are charming as well as educational, often written in catchy, Dr. Suess-like rhymes. The animals range from familiar to exotic so there's something for everyone to enjoy. My toddler's favorite is the Anaconda, with its dangerous hug. My favorite is the poem about the Lion (and its subtle jab at gender roles!) I think this charming book is going to be a favorite for years to come.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.