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Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under

Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under

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by Berkes, Jill Dubin, Marianne Berkes
     
 

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In the "Down Under" continent, baby wallabies learn to hop, brolgas learn to dance, and emus learn to zig-zag - and children will want to hop, dance, and zig-zag right along with the amazing animals of Australia. As with all of Marianne Berkes' award-winning "Over" books, children will also want to sing, clap and count to the rhyme of "Over in the Meadow" as they

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In the "Down Under" continent, baby wallabies learn to hop, brolgas learn to dance, and emus learn to zig-zag - and children will want to hop, dance, and zig-zag right along with the amazing animals of Australia. As with all of Marianne Berkes' award-winning "Over" books, children will also want to sing, clap and count to the rhyme of "Over in the Meadow" as they learn about wallabies, koalas, wombats, and more. What an easy, fun way to learn about these endearing, unique Australian animals! Jill Dubin's cut-paper illustrations add to the fun.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
If you know the tune to "Over in the Meadow," then you can't help but sing your way through this delightfully engaging book. As with the others in Berkes' series that use this tune as a unifying motif for explaining the critters of a particular region or biome, this one doesn't disappoint. From the bilbies to the brolgas, we are introduced to a variety of creatures that roam the Australian landscape through the lyrics of the song, but an additional treat includes a single Australian animal hidden in the scene on each page, such as the echidna or the tiger quoll. At the back of the book are pages of information about the animals, resources for additional information, teaching ideas, and a map of the country. Dubin's cut-outs enhance the visual appeal of the book by combining appropriate texture, colors, and patterns to illustrate the settings and animals described in this book. This book would serve as a welcome and interactive text for any elementary teacher whose students study Australia. Reviewer: Maggie Chase
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Berkes incorporates some of Australia's unique animals in her latest variant of the familiar song, "Over in the Meadow." Among them are wallabies, brolgas, lorikeets, wombats, and bilbies. Each spread provides listeners with a number of baby animals to count in the cumulative verse. A final map of Australia incorporates all of the creatures for additional practice. Dubin's charming paper collages deftly use a variety of patterns plus a bonus "hidden" animal noted on one of the informative pages after the song text. That section also includes more facts about all the mentioned animals, offers suggestions for class activities, explains Dubin's illustration process, and provides the score for those unfamiliar with the tune. A useful supplement for a variety of curriculum areas and a pleasant read just for fun.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kirkus Reviews

Berkes continues her series of wildlife books based on the popular tune "Over in the Meadow" with this work highlighting Australian animals and habitats (Over in the Arctic, 2008, etc.). Counting from one to 10, animals range from familiar koalas to the endangered, lesser-known bilby. Proper terms for offspring are italicized, while numbers are spotlighted with colored text, giving the song a decidedly informative feel. Also contributing to the educational element is the punchy vocabulary. How does a bilby behave? They " 'Slurp,' said the mother. / 'We slurp,' said the nine. / So they slurped and they burped / In a sandy place to dine." Brightly patterned and richly textured collage illustrations depict creatures in scenes that reflect their natural surroundings. Readers will greatly enjoy singing the tune as they learn about each animal. Extensive backmatter provides even more information about Australian wildlife, including animals hidden on every double-page spread that readers are encouraged to go back and find. The "Fact or Fiction" section describes what liberties the author took depicting the different animal families. Also included are educational and creative ideas from both author and illustrator, a simple, illustrated map, print and Internet resources as well as music, lyrics and chords for "Over in Australia."(Informational picture book. 3-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584691792
Publisher:
Dawn Publications
Publication date:
05/15/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
36 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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