The Dictionary of Ordinary Extraordinary Animals

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What makes an ordinary animal extraordinary? This animal dictionary will help kids discover exactly what that is. From A to Z, authors Leslie Jonath and Lisa McGuinness single out common animals and highlight specific qualities that make them unique. Each fact-filled entry is ideal for newly independent readers. Entries include a physical description of the animal as well as information about the animals’ environment, eating habits, prey, and more.

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Overview


What makes an ordinary animal extraordinary? This animal dictionary will help kids discover exactly what that is. From A to Z, authors Leslie Jonath and Lisa McGuinness single out common animals and highlight specific qualities that make them unique. Each fact-filled entry is ideal for newly independent readers. Entries include a physical description of the animal as well as information about the animals’ environment, eating habits, prey, and more.

The Dictionary of Ordinary Extraordinary Animals sends a message parents and children will find inspiring—a seemingly average animal having incredible characteristics that make it special. Children who feel ordinary themselves will swell with pride when they learn fascinating facts they can share with their friends!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Less a dictionary that an alphabetically organized discussion of 150 animals, this informative guidebook combines casual descriptions of the animals with grainy illustrations reminiscent of vintage flashcards. With between one and three animals per spread, McGuinness and Jonath have ample space to focus on the surprising characteristics of animals like black bears (which can sometimes be white), hummingbirds, and Tasmanian devils, which use “a ferocious sneeze” as a way to challenge their enemies. Congdon’s paintings are characterized by naturalistic details and touches of surprising whimsy—an owl’s feathers are embellished in gold, purples, and reds—communicating a palpable sense of wonder in the bountiful diversity of animals. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
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Publisher’s Weekly
“(this) informative guidebook combines casual descriptions of the animals with grainy illustrations reminiscent of vintage flashcards…Congdon’s paintings are characterized by naturalistic details and touches of surprising whimsy—an owl’s feathers are embellished in gold, purples, and reds—communicating a palpable sense of wonder in the bountiful diversity of animals.”

Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“this big, handsome book with its attractive layout and a rich colour palette really does deliver the goods. From Aardvark to Zigzag Salamander, from Krill to Quahog, each and all are a feast for the eye and a sop to the curious of mind”

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This alphabetical collection of animals, some not very ordinary at all, offers myriad facts concerning behavior, mating habits, habitats, sizes, and lifespan. Several animals are mentioned for each letter, with a longer description followed by a "Fun Fact." The watercolor illustrations in muted, occasionally murky tones detract from some of the descriptions of the beauty and variety of the creatures. Some entries feature general species and others offer specific members of that group. "Apes" as well as "Upland Gorilla" appear, making it seem as though these were separate animal types. There are a number of typographical errors and, more seriously, errors in fact. Penguins are not Arctic animals, and raccoons do not wash their food because they are "tidy." There are several mentions of the importance of the otter's tail, but the illustration shows a tailless animal. Under the heading of "Deer," a reindeer is shown. The "Fun Fact" talks about its extra-wide hooves but they are not visible. Some geographical locations are noted but most are not. Also no mention is made of the animals' endangered status. Many of the more complicated concepts and words are not explained in the glossary. Better books of animal facts are available.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762440634
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,006,302
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Leslie Jonath specializes in packaging cookbooks, art books, and children’s books. Her previous books include Postmark Paris, Snowmen, and Cooking with Kids from the Farmer’s Market. She lives in Oakland, CA.

Lisa McGuinness is well known for her best-selling picture book Bee and Me, as well as Baby Turtle’s Tale, both co-authored by the duo. She is also the author of Gotcha Covered. McGuiness is a writer and freelance children’s book editor who lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, as well as two extraordinary, ordinary kitties and dog.

Lisa Congdon is an illustrator and fine artist. She has been creating things since she was young, but did not begin painting until she was 33 years old. Lisa currently lives in San Francisco with her partner, Clay Lauren Walsh, her 10 pound Chihuahua, Wilfredo, and her two cats, Barry and Margaret. Please visit her on the web at lisacongdon.com.

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