The Animal Within

The Animal Within

by Rachel Rose
     
 

When Alex and Zoe share a meal with the Horrible Hogs, they are shocked and appalled by their crudeness. But when the Hoity-Toity Bird puts a spell on Alex and Zoe, they start acting just like their terrible table partners. Luckily for them, the hogs agree to help the kids get back to their normal, well-behaved selves.

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When Alex and Zoe share a meal with the Horrible Hogs, they are shocked and appalled by their crudeness. But when the Hoity-Toity Bird puts a spell on Alex and Zoe, they start acting just like their terrible table partners. Luckily for them, the hogs agree to help the kids get back to their normal, well-behaved selves.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
Alex and Zoe are appalled by Herry and Horble Hog's table manners. Their snobbery inspires the Hoity-Toity bird to put a spell on them to teach them a lesson about thinking they are better than others. Now instead of acting superior to the animals, they cavort like apes, sniffing their friends, screeching, throwing cups, and acting generally rude. As the big day approaches to commemorate the Animalians learning to read and write, it appears Alex and Zoe cannot act civilized enough to participate. In the end they incorporate their rude behaviors into the reenactment in order to show how literacy changed the Animalians for the better. Although fans of the "Animalia" series may recognize the creatures' dialects and ways of speaking, this text is not appropriate for children who are reading with help. "�At's a beauty, innit?' and �Erry and I'll learn �em the skit!'" are two examples of the hogs' confusing dialect. Although the children may likely sound out these words, their comprehension may be low. Readers will enjoy Alex and Zoe's misbehavior, but the message is a bit confusing: if literacy makes the Animalians more civilized, why are the hogs still so ill-mannered? Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448451961
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
05/14/2009
Series:
Animalia Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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