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K-Gr 2- During a snowy day trip to the zoo, friends Danny and Ettie observe two elephants and an aardvark and decide to create a story about them in a sketchbook. Acrylic illustrations, rendered in a painterly style, show Danny as he notices a red scarf in a tree and then incorporates the item into the simple story line-about traveling by plane with the animals to Africa. The childlike pencil drawings appear on a yellow background in Danny's notebook. Endpapers display postcards and other delightful scribbles and sketches. Even though the illustrations outshine the text, this picture book has broad child appeal and could be used as an inspiration to young artists and authors to begin developing tales on their own.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VACopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.