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ANIMALS TALK

Author: Emily Bolam

Illustrator: Emily Bolam

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Publisher: Tiger Tales, an Imprint of ME Media, ©2010

Material: board book

Summary: There is one animal per page spread, with the animal on the right page and a single word that describes the way the animal talks ("moo", "ribbit", etc.). The unique feature of this book is that it has raised areas of the page that correspond with a pattern on the animal, such as frog warts or bee stripes. This creates a texture pattern on the animal, which has been enlarged to fill the left side of the page. This is a simple board book with cartoon animals in it. This is toddler book that will also be handy later for learning high frequency words.

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

Recommended Age: read together 0 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 0 to 3

Age of Child: Read with boys ages 2 and 4.

Young Reader Reaction: My 2 year old loved the book, particularly when he read it with his 4 year old brother.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the colorful pictures and the stimulating textures caused by the raising of the page surface. I was less impressed by the lack of words on each page -- only 1 word, the animal's sound, was on each page. However, we made up for that by using the textures as a starting point for discussion, whether related to the sound the animal makes or something else related to the animal.

Pros: Colorful pictures, wonderful-stimulating textures make this a great book for young children to enjoy and "play" with.

Cons: The text left something to be desired.

Borrow or Buy: Buy or borrow. this won't be a long-lived book, but it is a great one for young toddlers to explore on their own.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ANIMALS GO   MR. BROWN CAN MOO! CAN YOU? DR. SUESS' BOOK OF WONDERFUL NOISES   MAGIC LETTERS: THE KEYS TO THE WORLD OF WORDS

Educational Themes: This is a great book for object identification. Recognizing animals and matching their sounds. The pages and animals open the door to talking about colors, too. For preschool-aged kids you might talk about habitat.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animal stories, concept book, sounds, tactile learning

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2011

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