Move!

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Animals move! Follow them as they swing, dance, float, leap, and slide from page to page, then learn why these animals move the way they do, from the jumping spider who dances to impress and then floats away on a thread of silk, to the roadrunner who flies, but not too far, and would rather run to catch its prey.

Illustrated in eye-popping cut- and torn-paper collages by Caldecott Honor artist Steve Jenkins, Move! is a playful introduction to motion in the animal kingdom that ...

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Overview

Animals move! Follow them as they swing, dance, float, leap, and slide from page to page, then learn why these animals move the way they do, from the jumping spider who dances to impress and then floats away on a thread of silk, to the roadrunner who flies, but not too far, and would rather run to catch its prey.

Illustrated in eye-popping cut- and torn-paper collages by Caldecott Honor artist Steve Jenkins, Move! is a playful introduction to motion in the animal kingdom that invites young readers to guess some of the unusual ways that animals get around.

Action is the name of the game, so Move!

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this eye-popping book illustrated with cut- and torn-paper collages, animals leap, swim, slide, swing, and waddle. . . . This book is gorgeous and educational." -School Library Journal, starred School Library Journal, Starred

"Jenkins's cut-paper collages stand out against the white background, reinforcing the action and begging listeners to identify both the creatures and the verbs." --Horn Book Horn Book

The authors' astonishingly lifelike collages have animated an animal kingdom of reptiles, mammals and birds in books like "What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?" (which received a Caldecott Honor). Their new book is equally mesmerizing The New York Times Book Review

There's no denying that this is an extraordinarily pretty and child-friendly package Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This spring, readers will find all sorts of companions to favorite books. With their usual spare text and dramatic mixed-media collage pairings, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page explore how various animals Move! PW wrote in a starred review of the duo's, I See a Kookaburra!, "Jenkins masterfully manipulates texture and space, playing up the unique palette and architecture of each habitat." Each spread fluidly segues to the next, as young readers watch a monkey "swing" into action on the first spread, then, on the succeeding spread, it perambulates opposite a striking-looking jacana that "walks on floating lily pads." The jacana's dive on the next spread introduces a blue whale, etc. Words describing movement appear in large black type. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Using his deftly constructed paper collages, Jenkins portrays many creatures in nature, this time in motion. Each action verb—"swing," "dive," "slither," etc.—appears in large type, along with the animal using that action. On the next double page, that animal uses another form of action, which is also employed by the next creature on the facing page; its alternate move is echoed by the next, from double page to double page. Once again the author/artists provide bits of natural history as they demonstrate a distinctive vision. Myriad papers are exploited to visualize the rabbits, spiders, road runners, etc. which move so naturally across the expanse of white pages. There are no settings, scenery, or props; just the creatures who draw our attention to their actions as we examine with visual pleasure the methods of their creation on the page. As usual the minimal text, carefully incorporated into the page design, is supplemented by extensive notes about each subject at the end of the book. 2006, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 3 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this eye-popping book illustrated with cut- and torn-paper collages, animals leap, swim, slide, swing, and waddle. Each spread contains one action word and two animals for whom that behavior is typical. One of the animals turns up again on the next page alongside a different creature, both of them representing another kind of motion. For example, on one side a crocodile slithers into the water opposite a snake slithering through leaves; with the turn, the snake climbs a tree and a praying mantis climbs a blade of grass. The information will pique readers' interest. Jenkins uses brief phrases as captions and provides a well-written, concise appendix. A sharp-headed, blue-eyed bird hovers over the caption, "A roadrunner flies, but not too far-." On the next page, the bird, clasping a lizard in its beak, sprints away to the words, "-it would rather run to catch its prey." The end matter explains where the roadrunner lives, what it eats, how large it is, and why it is more suited to running than flying. This book is gorgeous and educational.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Textured collages array themselves across gracious expanses of white space in Jenkins's trademark clean design. As the title suggests, the concept under examination is the way animals move, from a gibbon who "swings through the jungle trees . . . [and] walks on two back legs" to a penguin who "slides-splash!-into the sea . . . and waddles with its colony." Each animal's second mode of locomotion leads to the next animal's first, so the leaping, slithering crocodile gives way to the slithering, climbing snake. It's a characteristically gorgeous offering, but one whose simplicity is occasionally at war with its delivery, given the suggested audience of preschoolers. The jacana (a southern African wading bird), for instance, is presented with no pronunciation guide, and the aforementioned "colony" of penguins is not defined. Each animal is presented in thumbnail at the end, with an accompanying paragraph explaining habitat, habits and size, but these do not serve to fill in the informational gaps in the main narrative. These flaws notwithstanding, there's no denying that this is an extraordinarily pretty and child-friendly package. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618646371
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/24/2006
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 321,159
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.

Robin Page lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and collaborator, Steve Jenkins, and their three children. Along with writing and illustrating children’s books, Steve and Robin run a graphic design studio.

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