Night in the Swamp: A Moveable Book

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The sun sets, and all the swamp critters are still asleep. But as the sky darkens, owl, frog, alligator, mouse and turtle awaken and get busy in Hurd's delightful pop-up book. Fireflies flicker with the spin of a wheel and catfish swirl through the swamp waters. The turtle sticks his head out of the shell but tucks everything up as he gets sleepy, toward dawn. Hurd's palette ranges from fuchsia bright to dusky blue skies. And there are plenty of tabs and flaps to lift and tug in a book that provides a fun lesson on the habits of nocturnal animals, while fancifully capturing night's many moods. (2-5)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 An exceptionally well engineered and nicely illustrated ``moveable'' book. Hurd presents the lively activities of the swamp animals between sundown and sunrise. His illustrations are ink sketches with softly hued washes of color. There are many flaps and tabs on each double-page illustration, and various types of movement are possible. Some flaps reveal an animal underneath, while other tabs make the alligator yawn, the frog jump across the page, the turtle retreat into its shell, or the mouse bite the alligator's tail. Turning a wheel on one page makes a catfish family swim, and fireflies flicker in the sky on the next page. The language is simple, with a couple of lines of text per page. This is a delightful book for children of any age because of the many ingenious movement surprises, but it will probably be best used with a small storyhour group rather than for general circulation because of its fragile nature. Yvonne A. Frey, Peoria Public Library, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694001774
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1987
  • Pages: 12

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