Travel to the Galapagos Islands on the wave of this lilting rhyme and see the indigenous animals replete in beautiful island colors in this story set in some of the most unusual islands in the Pacific. Youngsters will love the rhyme as they learn about the creatures that populate the Galapagos. Restelli's collages are bright and colorful and seem to move across the page as the reader moves from one page to the next. In addition to the rhythmic text is a song at the bottom of the page that serves as a refrain throughout the book. It just begs to be used with a whole group in story time where the little ones can sing along. At the end of the book are pages containing factual information about the Galapagos, the creatures mentioned in the book, as well as information on Charles Darwin who visited the Galapagos on the HMS Beagle expedition. The inclusion of all these facts makes for a book that can be used in a variety of ways in classrooms and libraries and on Mama's lap. 2005, Barefoot Books, Ages 4 to 7.
Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A colorfully garbed couple take readers on a jaunty journey to the Galapagos Islands. For each day of the week, the rhymed text introduces one of the islands' unique animals. The repetition of the chorus "We're sailing to Galapagos. I wonder who we'll see" encourages audience participation. The bright collages create striking vistas that will also enhance group sharing. The youngest listeners will enjoy the visit to giant tortoises, black iguanas, and blue-footed boobies before they sail home. Older readers can learn more about the animals and Charles Darwin's famous exploration by perusing the informative entries following the rhyming section. Krebs offers an excellent introduction to a unique set of islands and some of its rare inhabitants. For a complementary choice that considers a single species, consider Francine Jacobs's Lonesome George, the Giant Tortoise (Walker, 2003).-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.