I Love Ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms by Aaron Zenz, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
I Love Ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms
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I Love Ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms

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by Aaron Zenz
     
 

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Mama is a hootin' Nanny
Mommy is the Queen of clean.

From baby geese to kangaroos to humans, every mom and dad is known by his or her own special name. Bouncing texts full of fun wordplay and adorable illustrations feature animal parents of every shape and size, and encourage little readers to express big love. Don't be afraid to say I love

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Mama is a hootin' Nanny
Mommy is the Queen of clean.

From baby geese to kangaroos to humans, every mom and dad is known by his or her own special name. Bouncing texts full of fun wordplay and adorable illustrations feature animal parents of every shape and size, and encourage little readers to express big love. Don't be afraid to say I love ewe!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Zenz explores the names for mothers in the animal kingdom, using cuddly parent-child cartoons. It’s not always cut and dry: “My mom’s a hen,” says a perky chick. “But look again... Hens live underwater too!” reads the next spread, as friendly pairs of octopus, crabs, and lobsters smile at readers in a cozy ocean scene. Children should find the distinctive names intriguing (a mother opossum is a “jill”), though the puns (“There’s no pen pal like her! Doe... you love me? Oh, I love ewe”) may need explanation. Animal fathers get similar treatment in Hug a Bull: An Ode to Animal Dads, due in April. Ages 5–7. Agent: Shannon Associates. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Here we learn the variety of names for female animal mothers such as nanny, vixen, and mare. A hen may refer to a female chicken, octopus, crab, or lobster. Did you know that a "queen" may refer to a female cat? A flyer is a female kangaroo. A jenny is a female donkey. A ewe, as in the title, is a female sheep. One picture shows a human mother with her baby in a carrier on her front. The text asks, "Does your mom have her own name too?" The illustrations of the animals are simple and adorable. The text uses wordplay to try and engage the reader. The last page shows the heads of the many animals. The name of the animal is above the head and the name for the female of the species beneath. Adults reading this to children can share this esoteric knowledge. The real question is why? Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
Kirkus Reviews
A breezy book aimed at young readers touches upon the unique terms for 27 animal mamas. A smallish trim size and cutesy, close-up illustrations executed with Prismacolor pencils contribute to a feel that this book is aimed at the toddler and early-preschool set. Clipped, rhyming language poses questions that may surprise with their answers. The spread that queries, "did you know not all COWS moo?" shows seal, elephant, hippopotamus and rhinoceros mother-and-child pairs, since each of these animal mamas is referred to as a "cow." A traditional-looking chicken and chick introduce the term "hen," which a page turn reveals also happens to be used for a female octopus, crab and lobster. Some pages may confuse, since not every pair of creatures featured gets a mention in the text--"Mommy is the QUEEN of clean" focuses on a sunny yellow cat and her kitten, but in the near background is a nanny goat and her kid. While potentially useful for introducing new terminology on an ever-popular topic, the pictures have a mass-produced quality that fails to charm, and the final spread of the book is a lackluster stringing of puns: "There's no other PEN [a female swan] pal like her! DOE…you love me? / Oh, I love EWE." The best part of this slim title is the final page, which pictures all the animal mothers with their appropriate names. Consider only as an additional purchase. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802728265
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,223,533
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

AARON ZENZ is the illustrator of Chuckling Ducklings and Nugget on the Flight Deck. He has worked as an illustrator, a graphic, multimedia, and toy designer, a college instructor, a fine artist, and an author.

www.aaronzenz.com

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