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Whimsical and witty, “Man Gave Names to All the Animals” first appeared on Bob Dylan's album Slow Train Coming in 1979. Illustrator Jim Arnosky has now crafted a stunning picture book adaptation of Dylan's song that's a treat for both children and adults, with breathtaking images of more than 170 animals plus a CD of Dylan's original recording.
The revered musical legend rarely allows his songs to be illustrated, and Arnosky has done the song proud with a parade of spectacular ...
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Overview

Whimsical and witty, “Man Gave Names to All the Animals” first appeared on Bob Dylan's album Slow Train Coming in 1979. Illustrator Jim Arnosky has now crafted a stunning picture book adaptation of Dylan's song that's a treat for both children and adults, with breathtaking images of more than 170 animals plus a CD of Dylan's original recording.
The revered musical legend rarely allows his songs to be illustrated, and Arnosky has done the song proud with a parade of spectacular creatures ready to receive their names-until the surprise ending, when children get to name an animal themselves!

Based on a song by Bob Dylan, tells the story of how man named the animals of the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Arnosky offers a Peaceable Kingdom approach--minus humans--to the song from Dylan’s 1979 album Slow Train Running. The self-consciously majestic acrylic and pencil tableaus feature “different animals and plants from around the world on each and every page” (according to the introduction). While Dylan references only six animals in his song, Arnosky notes on the penultimate page that the book includes more than 170 creatures (readers are invited to identify them all, or check out the illustrator’s Web site for clues). However, the spreads and portraits feel detached from the gently funky mood of Dylan’s performance on the accompanying CD, as well as the laidback, down-home humor of the lyrics: “He saw an animal up on a hill/ Chewing up so much grass until she was filled./ He saw milk comin’ out but he didn’t know how/ Ah, think I’ll call it a COW.” Arnosky deserves props for not reaching for the most common examples of the animals from the song’s verse (using a bristly wild pig and mountain sheep), but even animal fanatics may find these compositions overwhelming. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly
Arnosky offers a Peaceable Kingdom approach--minus humans--to the song from Dylan’s 1979 album Slow Train Running. The self-consciously majestic acrylic and pencil tableaus feature “different animals and plants from around the world on each and every page” (according to the introduction). While Dylan references only six animals in his song, Arnosky notes on the penultimate page that the book includes more than 170 creatures (readers are invited to identify them all, or check out the illustrator’s Web site for clues). However, the spreads and portraits feel detached from the gently funky mood of Dylan’s performance on the accompanying CD, as well as the laidback, down-home humor of the lyrics: “He saw an animal up on a hill/ Chewing up so much grass until she was filled./ He saw milk comin’ out but he didn’t know how/ Ah, think I’ll call it a COW.” Arnosky deserves props for not reaching for the most common examples of the animals from the song’s verse (using a bristly wild pig and mountain sheep), but even animal fanatics may find these compositions overwhelming. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Through vivid paintings of a primeval planet teeming with wildlife, Arnosky translates Dylan's 1979 song about the naming of Earth's animals into a gorgeous picture book. Full lyrics and a CD of the original song are included. In Dylan's narrative, Man takes note of the characteristics of various animals, including a bear, cow, bull, pig, and sheep, and determines a name for each creature. "He saw an animal that liked to growl,/Big furry paws and he liked to howl,/Great big furry back and furry hair./'Ah, think I'll call it a bear.'" Children will have to supply the name for the final animal as he slithers away. Rather than the expected spotted cow and rosy pink pig, Arnosky features the burly undomesticated beasts that would have roamed during the earlier days of humankind. But the paintings are not without their dose of whimsy. Crocodiles and dolphins swim side by side and penguins line up beside a tiger, rhino, toucan, and other wildlife from various habitats. The effect is entirely in keeping with the imagined world of Dylan's lyrics. A list of 170 species appears in the back of the book, with hints on locating each creature on Arnosky's website. Beautifully printed with embossed cover and a surprise image beneath the dust jacket, this book will jump off library shelves and make a great keepsake for personal libraries as well. With its broad appeal to spiritual, scientific, and just plain animal-loving audiences, this book is a winner.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

For this book-and-CD set, prolific artist and naturalist Arnosky has illustrated Dylan's catchy song about man naming animals--bear, cow, bull, pig, sheep and snake--with pencil-and-acrylic paintings of more than 170 animals in a series of peaceable kingdom images. Each double-page spread includes a number of identifiable animals in an imagined natural setting. An alphabetical list of most animals pictured is provided at the end. There are curious choices: three specific types of monkeys, for instance, but only a generic snake. The cow, bull, pig and sheep of the song have been shown in ancestral forms, an appropriate and evocative choice, though probably unfamiliar to young readers. They may also be frustrated by the lack of a key to the unnumbered pages in the book. Adults who share this with children may want to print out the keys from Arnosky's website, which should be complete by publication. The different illustrations on the dust cover and printed boards require libraries to make a choice. A beautiful concept with gorgeous artwork but flawed design. (Picture book and CD. 3-10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402768583
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is one of the most lauded and greatest loved songwriters and performers of all time. His particular brand of music first caught the public's attention in the 1960s, when he became something of a chronicler of the American conscience and cultural unrest. His remarkable career in music and literature continues to this day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Don't get this on the Nook

    I thought it would come with the soundtrack, but it didn't. The point of the book was to illustrate Dylans song but this is just pictures and words. Without the music it completely misses the point.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Amazing illustrations with a classic song/story

    This book is beautifully illustrated, but the story/song is also fantastic. It's the Bob Dylan song (that many are familiar with!) and it comes with the CD with the song on it. It's actually a children's CD that I don't go crazy listening to after the 500th time! And trust me, we have probably really listened to it 500 times! My kids love it! I put it in and the first time they just dance around. Then the second time they sit and look at the gorgeous pictures in the book. And then, they usually play it about 10 more times before taking a break. They read the book alone as well. Well, they just look at the pictures since they can't read, but soon they will have it all memorized and can at least pretend to read it!
    I can say that as a parent this book is perfect. I can read/sing it to them pretty quickly and the illustrations are beautiful and you find new animals every time. Like I said, the CD isn't annoying (who doesn't like Bob Dylan?!) and I don't go crazy listening to it over and over. The book can keep the kids entertained by itself if the CD were to break.
    This has been THE BOOK for the past week since it arrived on our front porch. We got other books too but this is the one they are so focused on they haven't even paid attention to the others!
    I have the new edition illustrated by Jim Arnosky. I didn't even know about a previous edition but looking through reviews it becomes apparent that there was one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Love the hard copy

    I love the book and the song and was hoping it was a read to me book so my kids can enjoy such a beautiful song but its just the book. I recommend just buying the book with the cd.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

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    Gorgeous Picture Book featuring Bob Dylan's Song & Jim Arnosky's artwork

    On August 20, 1979, Bob Dylan dropped "Slow Train Coming" on which there was a song, "Man Gave Names to All the Animals." The song was not an allegory; it had no deep, hidden meaning. It simply told of man walking along, observing animals, and naming them. It's not the only simple song that Dylan ever wrote, but with its island-like beat, it is infectious. This is a Bob Dylan song that can be shared with very young children, requiring little explanation. And it's a great one to get up and jump around to, or -- if you prefer -- dance.

    Award-winning children's illustrator Jim Arnosky has taken Dylan's lyrics and paired them with a beautifully vibrant storybook, "Man Gave Names to All the Animals," that captures the happy, funky sound of the original song.

    Packaged with the book is a CD with the song performed by Bob Dylan. It warms my baby-boomer heart to imagine three-year-olds rocking to classic Dylan. Can "Maggie's Farm" be far behind?

    Arnsoky has populated his book with an astounding variety of animals (yes, even a flamingo) from all parts of the world. There are fish, birds, insects, and mammals that would never see each other in life (except on Animal Planet) gathered together on the pages of "Man Gave Names to All the Animals," and the effect is enchanting.

    While most of the animals are familiar, there are sure to be a few that stump readers. There are more than 170 animals illustrated, and they are listed at the end of the book, alphabetically. Those who need clues so that they, too, can name the animals can go to www.jimarnosky.com.

    "Man Gave Names to All the Animals" is a fun book for adults and children to share, made even better by the inclusion of the CD, making it perfect for a sing-along -- or a silly-along if you prefer. Keep this lovely hardcover book in mind for holiday gift-giving...and don't forget the kazoos!

    Bottom Line: Would I buy "Man Gave Names to All the Animals"? You better believe it! (Hitting the street September 7, it is now available for pre-order.)

    Originally appeared on blogcritics.org

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Beautiful, but . . .

    My grandson loves this on my color Nook, but if you expect the soundtrack to be included, you will be disappointed! Only the hard copy version includes the music CD apparently -- the Nook version is read-only!

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Great book!!!

    I love this book. I grew up with Dylan as a high school student and though he was just plain wierd. Now I'm an adult and recognise his genius. I'm teaching this song to my children's choir as aperformance piece. Buy this book... great song and stunning art. It's worth every penny of the cost. Take it from a teacher and a musician. Ignore the negative reviews.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    asome. xoxoxo it

    omg omg omg i loveeee this book. asome. stop saying bbad things abouut m book

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    This is A BEAUTIFUL book.......but what a RIPOFF for the price!

    No music like the book that can be purchased with discount @ store or Amazon! I want a Refund! RIPOFF.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2011

    Not recommended

    Not a read to me book. Would have liked to hear the music the ad referred to.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    absolutely beautiful!

    It bothers me that the reviews complain about the book not 'reading to them.' The pount of reading is to actually read. This is a pure form of entertainment and it is gorgeous

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    bad

    worst ,

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    No read to me!

    This book has no read to me option on my iPad nook app- waste of money!

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