Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet

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Get off on the right foot! Join the animals in their foot-frolicking fun-running, jumping, leaping, and hopping . . . and then resting, just like the critters and creatures featured in Kimberly Hutmacher's Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet. Go along on the exciting dream journey from morning to night, using hands and feet just like squirrels, monkeys, rats, spiders, frogs, penguins, elephants, lions, kangaroos, pandas, and eagles. Travel to the lush jungle, the African savannah, Australian outback, and to the frozen ...
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Overview

Get off on the right foot! Join the animals in their foot-frolicking fun-running, jumping, leaping, and hopping . . . and then resting, just like the critters and creatures featured in Kimberly Hutmacher's Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet. Go along on the exciting dream journey from morning to night, using hands and feet just like squirrels, monkeys, rats, spiders, frogs, penguins, elephants, lions, kangaroos, pandas, and eagles. Travel to the lush jungle, the African savannah, Australian outback, and to the frozen Antarctic. Finally, as the sun sets, snuggle beneath the covers and snooze, with recollections of animals at play, inspired by the imaginative illustrations of Sherry Rogers. After all, even the wild things need some time to rest after a day of fast-footed play!
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-K

This rhymed fantasy follows two siblings on a dream voyage to various biomes, where they note spiders spinning, penguins splashing, a kangaroo hopping, and a lion pawing. The author's active words hit the mark for vocabulary enhancement, e.g., "Leaping, lunging,/lily pad plunging...." However, the use of the book's title as the refrain may be confusing to young audiences since it's never made clear whether to look for a paw, claw, hand, or foot on a particular page, and some creatures have none of these appendages. Unfortunately, the artist missed a couple of opportunities for higher energy by not depicting the text. Instead of a monkey "curling, clinging,/tree branch swinging...," the animal is shown sitting on a tree branch, eating muffins from a box. Neither an informative concept book nor an engaging fantasy, this is one that can be skipped.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934359884
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,406,986
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Hutmacher (Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet) has written numerous pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children’s magazines and anthologies. She has also written three eBooks for the educational website “A to Z Kid’s Stuff” and served as poetry editor for Wee Ones Magazine for two years. Kimberly has homeschooled her three children for several years and they have a huge love and curiosity for science. A few years ago, when gathering material for a science lesson on how animals use their appendages, Kimberly had a difficult time finding material geared toward preschool and early elementary students. The seed was planted, and she set out to write her own book that would present the materials in a lively and engaging way for younger audiences. The result was her first picture book, Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet, to be published by Sylvan Dell Publishing in Spring 2009. Kimberly lives in Illinois.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    Fun rhythmic read

    Kids may know they have feet with toes, but what kinds of feet do animals have? A boy and girl go on a nighttime dream journey of discovery to see for themselves.

    Vibrant rhyming phrases describe each animal's activities using their feet. Colorful images created by Sherry Rogers show them digging, leaping, splashing and hopping. This nocturnal adventure takes the kids outside their home, off to the arctic, deep into Africa, and to the wilds of Australia to see the various animals.

    Finally the kids arrive back home to their own beds, surrounded by the animals they've gone to visit. The last section of this book includes a quiz matching the animals to the feet, as well as facts on the different types of feet.

    Paws, Claws, Hands and Feet is an active, rhythmic story that kids will enjoy reading over and over. A fresh look at the animals and their feet educates as well as entertains. This fun and informative book would make a great addition to any kid's collection.

    Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    interesting story combined with good information

    What would you do if you woke up and found all kinds of animals in your bedroom, your yard, and all over the place? Kimberly Hutmacher's rhyming text and Sherry Rogers's colorful illustrations show young readers how a couple of children find a squirrel in their bedroom, a monkey up a tree in their yard, and a spider hanging from their window. They get to see frogs and fish in a pond, penguins in the Antarctic, elephants and lions in Africa, kangaroos in Australia, a gigantic turtle on an island, an eagle with its young in their nest, and a panda in a cave. But did they really see it all, or were they just dozing and dreaming?
    Sylvan Dell books for children are wonderful because they combine an interesting story that youngsters will enjoy with facts that they can readily absorb. They will be fascinated as they join the animals in running, jumping, leaping, hopping-all of which kids like to do anyway-and then resting. I especially appreciated the closing picture of the boy asleep with the open book on his bed, which subtly encourages children to find adventures in reading. At the end of Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet, there are four pages of "For Creative Minds" activities. Parents and teachers can find further information about "Related Websites" and "Teaching Activities" at Sylvan Dell Publishing's website to help them expand the learning possibilities. I really like this book!

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