Naming the Animals

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This slice of the Creation story focuses on Adam's creativity as he names the animals according to their appearance or behavior. Luckily for the reader, McFall's Adam has some imagination. ``Adam said, `Your size is extravagant, your trunk quite elegant. I'll call you the elephant.' '' And ``A creature fluttered by on yellow wings, `Oh, you are the butterfly.' '' Not all namings are as ingenious; indeed, some are a bit of a stretch. The lion is named for its roar: ``errL-L-I-I-O-O-O-N.'' Generally, though, the wordplay is thoughtful and fun. Guarnaccia uses chalk on grainy paper in a buoyant style recognizable by its vivid colors and zigzaggy, contemporary lines. The book ends with a sly joke as the recently named snake hovers portentously over the sleeping Adam. A sly doubt lingers, too: if names are the consequences of things, could someone named Gardner McFall help but write about Eden? Ages 3-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A brown-skinned Adam undertakes the task of naming the animals with humor and enthusiasm, taking each creature's special characteristics into consideration. Finally, satisfied with his work, he falls asleep. Unlike some Creation retellings that are elegant and solemn, McFall's version emphasizes the delight of the world's beginnings. Guarnaccia uses blocks of color and flattened perspective in his illustrations, reinforcing the essential natures of the animals being named. Text and pictures together evoke a sense of playfulness, and the brevity and clarity of the prose make the story accessible to young children.-Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670848140
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.33 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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