Stripes of All Types

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In Stripes of All Types, author and illustrator Susan Stockdale brings to life a patterned parade of animals, showing young readers some of the many reasons stripes are found so often in nature. Bouncy, alliterative rhyme and simple phrases keep readers entertained, while a glossary at the back provides more in-depth information on each featured animal.

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Overview

In Stripes of All Types, author and illustrator Susan Stockdale brings to life a patterned parade of animals, showing young readers some of the many reasons stripes are found so often in nature. Bouncy, alliterative rhyme and simple phrases keep readers entertained, while a glossary at the back provides more in-depth information on each featured animal.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stockdale pairs precise acrylic illustrations with equally tidy verse to depict 19 striped animals. “Stripes found in water,/ sliding through weeds./ Drinking from rivers,/ and darting through reeds,” she writes, as the accompanying images show purple-striped jellyfish, an eastern garter snake, ring-tailed lemurs, and an American bittern. Elsewhere, a horizontally striped surgeonfish is seen “scouting a reef” amid speckled coral, and a poison frog in shocking orange, yellow, and red stripes is “propped on a log.” Closer to home, two children cuddle with striped cats. Appended pages discuss the ways stripes benefit each creature and also provide a guessing game for readers to match stripes with their respective animals. Ages 2–6. Agent: Gina Maccoby, Gina Maccoby Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Here is a book seemingly tailored to Common Core curriculum lesson plans. The examples of camouflage as a means of natural protection fits neatly into science lessons, while the verse and alliteration crosses into literature lessons. Additionally, the book's pictures are stunningly done in bright acrylics. Both the creatures and their habitats pop from the page. The text is brief, but there is real movement in the words. Snakes go "sliding through the weeds." A tiger and her cub "sprawl in a lair." Nothing is described without the extra panache of just the right descriptive sound. Animals spring, prowl, and perch instead of jump or walk. Most pages are matted in pastels that complement the colors on the page. While the largest part of the book deals with creatures in the wild, the final two page spread is of children cuddling their striped house cat, bringing the lesson to the children's own level. Backmatter includes descriptions of the animals shown in the book, where they live, and how camouflage helps them. The final pages take thumbnails of animal stripes and ask children to identify the close-up of stripes without the context of the animal. What a versatile, informative book that has the additional value of being graphically beautiful. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Striped animals from around the world are featured in this informational picture book. The lyrical, rhyming text briefly describes each creature in action in its habitat: "Prowling the prairie,/perched on a peak./Crawling on cactus,/and camped by a creek." Stockdale's corresponding acrylic illustrations show a North American badger stalking through tall grass; an African bongo in the moonlight; cactus bees collecting nectar, and a baby Malayan tapir shaded by palm trees. A clearly written glossary serves as an identification guide, from the exotic purple-striped jellyfish ("Stripes found in water") to the familiar tabby cat ("Stripes found with children, curled in their arms"), and explains how each animal benefits from having stripes. A matching game encourages close observation. This engaging introduction to patterns in nature is a visual delight.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Stockdale's feast for the eyes explores the stripes found in the animal world. In rhyming verse often separated by page turns, the author presents readers with the many places stripes can be found: "Propped on a log, / poised on a leaf. // Scaling a ridge, // and scouting a reef." On each page is a cleanly rendered portrayal of a striped animal found in that habitat: a frog, a butterfly, a skunk and some tropical fish. Sharp lines and beautiful patterns are what readers will notice about Stockdale's acrylic artwork. The animals are not named within the text, allowing this to be a great guessing game, though the youngest ones may not sit still long enough to learn about the animals in the backmatter. And while the creatures are a nifty mix of the common and less well-known--zebra, skunk, bees, tapir, okapi, bongo--most readers can simply name the type of animal and be satisfied; they need not know the specific names of the tropical fish, though they are provided. The final two spreads present readers with thumbnails of the animals and a few sentences of information about each, as well as a challenge: Match the 19 different stripe patterns to their animals from the text (answers are provided). A lovely, interactive exploration of stripes and a good introduction to some new animals. (Informational picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561456956
  • Publisher: Peachtree Junior
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: About Habitats Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 149,501
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

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    I wanted it to be longer!

    This book is about all different kinds of stripes on animals. I liked it because the animals in the book are so pretty. I really liked the bird walking through the grass and the butterfly. My favorite part was the game where you get to match the stripes in the back of the book to the right animal. It was very fun. You can guess which animal it is and then check to see if you are right. It would have been better if it had more animals in it. I wanted it to be longer. Anyone who likes all different kinds of animals would like this book. This book would be good for children two years old to six years old.
    Review by Aubrey L., age 4, Greater New York Mensa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    This book is a beautiful melding of poetry, illustration and sci

    This book is a beautiful melding of poetry, illustration and science. I find the text to be wonderfully lyrical and the imagery to be fanciful
    and detailed. Stockdale also nails the factual accuracy of all her striped creatures. Check out the interactive pages at the end that expand 
    the learning opportunities for kids. A great book!

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

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    What animals have stripes?  All types of animal and reptiles hav

    What animals have stripes?  All types of animal and reptiles have stripes.  The most familiar is probably the zebra and the skunk.  

    In this book you will learn of many animals with stripes like a poisonous frog, a garter snake, an american badger, wild and domestic cats and  more.  You will learn why they have stripes, though some have stripes that can't be explained as to why they have them, at all.  As you read along in the book the author in a singsong rhyme tells of the places these creatures exist here on our planet Earth.

    In the back of the book are more details about these creatures and where they live.  Then there is an activity titled  "STRIPES?"  that ask, "Can you find the animals that belong to these stripes?".  

    I found this to be a fun and entertaining book, a wonderful way to learn about these bold, beautiful and uniquely marked animals.

    I highly recommend this book to children ages 4-6, parents, grandparents, educators, librarians and caregivers.

    Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publisher for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This is my honest opinion.

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