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Author: Karen Lee

Illustrator: Karen Lee

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Publisher: Arbordale Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: In this ABC book each letter has a 4-line poem about an animal that stars with the letter (e.g., alligator, beaver, cheetah, etc.). The poem offers facts about the animal to help with learning. This picture book offers factual information about nature as it teaches kids their ABCs.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 5

Age of Child: Read with boys 2-year-old and 4-years-old.

Young Reader Reaction: My 2-year-old liked the animals. The 4-year-old was better able to appreciate the added information about each animal, including the illustrated details on each animal's environment. They BOTH wanted to read it again. They liked pointing out details about the animals and made connections to "like" animals.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the attention to detail in this book. The illustrations were fantastic and well thought out. For example, in most books, hippos are portrayed in a zoo on land, or just a nose above water, but this hippo was shown swimming from under water - his true natural state! There is a rich amount of information from text and illustrations about each animal.

Pros: Wonderful illustrations and scientific accuracy offer layered learning for visual learners and those learning to read.

Cons: Some of the text seemed "forced," but this is a monor point.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Parents should definitely borrow this book and may want to buy, depending on the number of animal and/or ABC books at home. This is not as strong as an ABC book, but it offers GREAT animal learning. For educators, this is an excellent animal science book.


Educational Themes: This is very geared to classroom learning, but it can be used at home for fun, too. Additional resources for animal flashcards are provided in the back of the book and online. There are themes of learning the alphabet, science, animals, and habitat.

Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. requested a publisher donation for this title.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, animal characters, literacy, nature, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009

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