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Mr. Tanner, the farmer, pollutes his farm and mistreats his animals, leading them to stage a rebellion. They build an intergalactic space rocket to take them up into the clean, clear skies, far away from those who are polluting the planet. First a chicken, then a clever rabbit, and lastly a calm sheep, are chosen for test flights. But each time something goes wrong and the rocket returns to Earth. The animals don't know what to do. But then Farmer Tanner discovers the rocket and, determined to take it for his ...

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Overview

Mr. Tanner, the farmer, pollutes his farm and mistreats his animals, leading them to stage a rebellion. They build an intergalactic space rocket to take them up into the clean, clear skies, far away from those who are polluting the planet. First a chicken, then a clever rabbit, and lastly a calm sheep, are chosen for test flights. But each time something goes wrong and the rocket returns to Earth. The animals don't know what to do. But then Farmer Tanner discovers the rocket and, determined to take it for his own, he zooms off into space, and is never seen again. Created in consultation with literacy specialist, Prue Goodwin, this edition contains the complete story, redesigned to help support children who are gaining confidence in reading.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
“Animals in space” is a premise with potential, but a moralistic environmental message drains some of the fun in this outing from the team behind Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All. Narration comes from “the first chicken in outer space,” who describes the conditions on Mr. Tanner’s farm that prompt the animals to build a rocket to escape: “Mr. Tanner poisoned the air with smoke... and filled the river with junk... and cut down all the trees... and crammed us animals into a crumbling barn.” Before the animals can leave Earth behind, they must conduct a successful test flight. The chicken is at the helm of their patchwork rocket for the first attempt, but she’s holding the map upside down, causing the rocket to plummet back to Earth; the increasingly battered rocket fares just as poorly during two subsequent test runs. Shaw’s scraggly cartooning and determined animals provide plenty of visual humor, but the concluding moral (“So if you’re one of the people who makes a mess of our planet... watch out!”) does a bit of a crash landing itself. Ages 4–7. (Jan.)
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Praise for Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All!:
"Sean Taylor's playful rhyme has a Julia Donaldson style charm to it and Hannah Shaw's toothy animals add to the fun . . ." — Junior Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847804778
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Series: Time to Read Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Taylor is a children's author, storyteller, and teacher with experience of creative writing teaching in three continents. His books include The Great Snake, Purple Class and the Skelington, Purple Class and the Flying Spider, Purple Class and the Half-Eaten Sweater, The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair, Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All and the multi-award-winning When a Monster is Born. He divides his time between England and Brazil. Hannah Shaw graduated from Brighton University with a BA in illustration. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. She currently lives in Stroud in Gloucestershire, U.K. Her books include Evil Weasel, Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All, The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair, and Who Ate Auntie Iris?

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