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May 08 2018

These are animals by Daniel Egneus

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Bloomsbury, 2018. ISBN 9781408889909
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Animals. Humour. Read aloud. Movement. Sound. What a lovely way to introduce animals to young readers. A vibrant, colourful display of animals around the world is presented with verve and movement, noises and sounds for little kids to enjoy, join in, make the noises and move around copying the the traits of the animals shown.
Neatly divided into areas: woodland animals, polar, grassland, night time, rainforest and ocean, each section shows a range of animals that survive in this particular habitat. Grassland animals depicts, for example, giraffes, elephants, zebras and lions, encouraging children to make the noises of the elephant and lion, copying the expressions on their faces. Some readers may even question why these animals live in this particular part of the world, eliciting all sorts of information from the adults. Night time animals too, depicts bats, owls and wolves and children will laugh with delight trying out the noises that the owl and wolf make, while blinking like the owl or hanging upside down like a bat. Each page is brim full of ideas for younger children to take to heart: moving, making noises, stretching, jumping, howling, squawking and swinging through the trees.
This is a delightfully colour filled book of sound and movement to introduce younger readers to the range of animals that exist around us.
Fran Knight

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