Simms Taback's City Animalsby Simms Taback
This follow-up to Simms Taback's Safari Animals presents six city animals in a guessing-game format: a pigeon, a police horse, a squirrel, a dog, a cat, a swan--all poster-size illustrations in Taback's one-of-a-kind style.
Full-page flaps unfold vertically, then horizontally, to create bold, large-scale images of city fauna in a sturdy guessing book. "Who am I?" asks one animal. "I make friends with people" (only a pair of legs appears at first, then another clue after lifting a flap: "I have a collar, a tag and a leash"). By folding out the third flaps to complete a square, the full picture is revealed: "I'm a dog!" Taback's animals are accentuated against bold blocks of color, and there's humor, too: the creatures' expressions range from alarmed to goofy to just plain vacuous. Also available: Simms Taback's Safari Animals. Ages 2-5. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Children will love this bright, bold foldout book. The left-hand side of each spread shows a part of the mystery animal, along with the repeating phrase "Who am I?" Each right-hand page contains clues that are revealed one by one, exposing more of the animal as readers unfold the page, until the entire (sometimes life-size) animal is revealed. The text is simple and direct, with a typeface that is easy to read. The book is conducive to baby or toddler storytimes as well as one-on-one reading.-Kate Neff, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
Meet the Author
Simms Taback won a Caldecott Honor Award for There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly and the Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, of which The Horn Book wrote, "The art sings with color and movement and humor and personality." He has also produced award-winning titles for Blue Apple, such as Simms Taback's Safari Animals (a 2008 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner), Peek-a-Boo, Who? (a 2006 Scholastic Parent & Child Best Book of the Year), and Simms Taback's Big Book of Words (a 2004 Child Best Book of the Year, 2004 Parenting Book of the Year, and a 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner).
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