How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- When smooth-skinned rhinoceros steals a cake from the Parsee (``from whose hat the rays of the sun were reflected in more-than-oriental splendour'') he gets his just desserts--that is, cake crumbs deposited inside his skin. The itch causes him to rub and rub himself against a tree, until he becomes as wrinkled as we know him today. This ``Just So'' story is well suited to picture-book format, being short and spritely. This is a satisfying volume, hand-sized and full of simple, funny illustrations. The pages glow with sun, adding a sense of atmosphere. Langley's choice of desert-baked and primary colors contribute to a bright, wide-open look, although each full-page illustration is contained by a neat, colorful border. The fun of the rhinoceros' tale, combined with thoughtful design and effective illustration, make this a pleasurable addition to a growing library of picture book ``Just So'' stories. --Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591977506
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 28
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

    love this book!

    I remember reading this book as a kid! I had the audio tape for it and I remember listening to it over and over. Great book for kids

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