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Children's LiteratureTravel to the Galapagos Islands on the wave of this lilting rhyme and see the indigenous animals replete in beautiful island colors in this story set in some of the most unusual islands in the Pacific. Youngsters will love the rhyme as they learn about the creatures that populate the Galapagos. Restelli's collages are bright and colorful and seem to move across the page as the reader moves from one page to the next. In addition to the rhythmic text is a song at the bottom of the page that serves as a refrain throughout the book. It just begs to be used with a whole group in story time where the little ones can sing along. At the end of the book are pages containing factual information about the Galapagos, the creatures mentioned in the book, as well as information on Charles Darwin who visited the Galapagos on the HMS Beagle expedition. The inclusion of all these facts makes for a book that can be used in a variety of ways in classrooms and libraries and on Mama's lap. 2005, Barefoot Books, Ages 4 to 7.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.