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Animachines
     

Animachines

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by Debora Pearson, Nora Hilb (Illustrator)
 

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Stretch! Fly! Dive!

What are two things that small children love? Animals and big machines, of course. In this energetic board book, the two are combined to show how the actions of seven animals mirror those of seven mighty machines.

With a single word to indicate the action, the illustrations show animals like a whale diving in the ocean while on the opposite

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Stretch! Fly! Dive!

What are two things that small children love? Animals and big machines, of course. In this energetic board book, the two are combined to show how the actions of seven animals mirror those of seven mighty machines.

With a single word to indicate the action, the illustrations show animals like a whale diving in the ocean while on the opposite page, a submarine does the same; a badger digs in the dirt, mimicking an excavator, and an elephant squirts water just like a pumper truck.

To add to the fun, a small elf-like creature appears on every spread, giving toddlers something else to discover.

Perfect for expanding their vocabulary or just for their amusement, this is the ideal book to share with very young children.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Various animals are compared to machines in this slight but amusing picture book. A giraffe is like a cherry picker truck with its long neck that allows it to stretch and reach juicy leaves high up on a tree. Birds and planes fly, but passengers would rather the plane not swoop and soar like an albatross can. Cheetahs and racecars are both built for speed while badgers are champion diggers just like excavating machines. Whales and submarines can make deep dives; ponies can pull loads just like tow trucks can. Lions are known for their roars and a big monster truck can also roar. Young readers will have fun with the sounds and comparisons and may even come up with a few of their own after reading this book. 2003, Annick, Ages 2 to 5.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Pearson and Hilb have attempted to draw comparisons between the actions of animals and the workings of everyday machines. The watercolors are clear and uncluttered and the text is simple ("A pony tugs a wagon, clip-clop. A tow truck hooks a car and chugs off"), but pairing the two actions somehow misses the mark. The images seem to require more life experience than preschoolers have to visualize them. Few children will understand that ponies and tow trucks both work at moving things; nor will they think of sea turtles' slow creep across the sand as being related to their beloved bulldozers ("A sea turtle creeps over the sand. A bulldozer slowly treads by"). While there is certainly an unquenchable demand for books on machines for preschoolers, young listeners will be better served by Tana Hoban's classic Dig, Drill, Dump, and Fill (Greenwillow, 1975), Kate McMullan's irrepressible garbage truck in I Stink (HarperCollins, 2002), or the rereleased combination of animals and machines in Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go (Golden, 1998).-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Canadian Children's Book News
Active, noisy preschoolers will love this little book about animals and their counterparts. There isn't a passive voice to be found, and the verbs fairly bounce off the page.

— Brenda Halliday

Booklist
A solid attractive offering that children will request for repeated readings.
— Gillian Engberg
Canadian Materials
My two-year-old loved Animachines from the first reading and continues to imitate the words and sounds throughout the day.
— Stephanie Yamniuk
Booklist / RBB
A solid attractive offering that children will request for repeated readings.

— Gillian Engberg

Canadian Children's Book News - Brenda Halliday
Active, noisy preschoolers will love this little book about animals and their counterparts. There isn't a passive voice to be found, and the verbs fairly bounce off the page.
Booklist / RBB - Gillian Engberg
A solid attractive offering that children will request for repeated readings.
Canadian Materials - Stephanie Yamniuk
In this delightful book, a whale and a submarine can both dive, a lion and a monster truck can both roar, and a sea turtle and a bulldozer can both crawl. In fact, every animal in Animachines can do something just like a vehicle can! Animachines provides a fresh look at ten lively animals whose actions match those of ten mighty machines. Readers learn concepts such as squirt, pull, race and stretch by looking at the pictures and seeing both animal and machine acting out the verb. The pictures are soft and inviting, and each of the ten verbs includes a fairy-like little gnome also acting out the word. Toddlers can make a game of finding her and explaining what she is doing! ... My two-year-old loved Animachines from the first reading and continues to imitate the words and sounds throughout the day. Highly Recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554518319
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/22/2016
Edition description:
Board Book based on Picture Book
Pages:
16
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author


Debora Pearson is the author of numerous picture books including the highly-acclaimed Leo’s Tree. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Nora Hilb lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she illustrates picture books for publishers all around the world.

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Animachines 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Parents and caregivers will enjoy reading this book with their children/charges and talking about what is happening in each picture. Each animal demonstrates that it can do exactly what a machine can do. A giraffe and cherry picker work side by side to trim a tree, whales dive and move underwater just like a submarine, and a strong male lion makes the sound of a racecar with his mighty roar, along with others. There are not a lot of pages, so it will not over stimulate or cause the child to lose interest. The illustrations are cute and playful and on each page there is a little gnome to find. The illustrations are very colourful. The verbs (action words) are highlighted in the text, words like: dive, squirt, and dig. The actions make the message of the book clear to little ones. This book can be a catalyst for imaginative thinking and play (as kids try to act out what the animals are doing) and as they try to think of other animachines. This book should be in every family library as well as pre-schools. A great way to develop vocabulary. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.