This welcoming book showcases 10 familiar species that make distinctive sounds, then prompts youngsters to do their best imitations: "Can you growl like a bear,/ rolling in the snow?/ Can you chatter like a chimp,/ swinging to and fro?" Rendered in downy acrylics and colored pencils, Butler's (Ten in the Meadow) animal portraits are both cuddly and impressively detailed. In one spread, a trio of dolphins glides through sky-blue water, their streamlined bodies dappled by sunlight; one baby dolphin looks directly at readers, offering both a sweet smile and greeting of bubbles through its blowhole. Although the text gently pushes its audience toward bedtime ("Everyone is quiet now," nudge the final lines, "You can't hear a peep./ It's time to gently close your eyes/ and fall fast asleep"), there's plenty here to keep a circle of preschoolers entertained in broad daylight. Ages 2-6. (Sept.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Using soft lines and colors as well as wavy sentences, John Butler helps make the task of putting a child to bed a bit easier. Every animal seen in the book appears on the first two pages against a pale yellow background. Throughout the story, Butler illustrates each animal in its natural habitat. For example, a bear is shown in the snow and a wolf in the forest in front of a full moon. In these acrylic and colored pencil illustrations, the colors are light and the lines are soft, creating a relaxing bedtime story. The entertaining book is interactive, with onomatopoeic text that encourages the child to make each animal noise presented. The reader is asked to growl like a bear, chatter like a chimp, and click like a dolphin, to name a few. On the final two pages, the same animals are shown in the same exact places as they were on the first two pages. However, this time there is a purple background, like the night sky, and every animal is comfortably sound asleep. This book could be used in preschool or kindergarten during naptime to help children fall asleep on their mats or at home to help put a child to sleep for the night. Butler creates an engaging book for children by introducing animals that they may not see every day. Reviewer: Morgan Crosby
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This gentle narrative invites children to join in the sounds and actions of various wild creatures. "Can you click like a dolphin,/swimming through the seas?/Can you buzz like a honeybee,/floating on a breeze?" Each uncluttered spread introduces a new animal, easily distinguishable to young children in Butler's signature hazy, pastel-hued paintings. As the pages turn, day passes into night with successively quieter activities. The book closes with a snoozing animal kingdom, each creature smiling peacefully in its sleep. Large text curves gracefully through each image. Nature is depicted as ever-friendly, where frolicking, twinkly-eyed animals lope through soft grasses. While similar works abound, Can You Growl Like a Bear? is one of the higher-quality offerings in the animal-imitation genre. This simple book will fit easily into any storytime or bedtime repertoire.
Jayne DamronCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 2-Full-page, realistic paintings face white pages with simple sentences. A basic description of what makes an animal a crustacean is followed by explanations of how these invertebrates use their senses, move around, protect themselves, find food, and fit into our world. Done in bright watercolors, the illustrations give a sense of these creatures' different habitats, and captions identify all of the species shown by their common names. An afterword reprints each painting in a small black-and-white version and provides more facts about the specific animals and processes depicted. This is an excellent example of easy nonfiction, perfect for beginning readers or for sharing aloud with budding naturalists.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
A young naturalist's guide to the hard-bodied creatures often spotted at the seashore introduces crustaceans as animals that have a hard shell protecting their soft bodies. Children will especially enjoy the cooler facts that are included-crustaceans shed their shells when they get too small, some have eyes on stalks, and some can even regenerate a lost limb. Sill explains the difference between a scavenger and a predator, as well as the fact that crustaceans are also an important part of the food chain. The text features simple language and short sentences and defines vocabulary within the sentence, making it easy for children to learn new words. Marvelous paintings evoke the seashore, with all its color and fluidity. Each plate is numbered and labeled with the crustacean's name, along with the names of other animals in the scene. An afterword gives more details about the animals featured, but would be more appealing to young readers if it were opposite the full-color illustrations instead of at the back of the book and in black and white. An excellent first resource book for young children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)