All bookseller links are provided so you can get more information about a book. We have affiliate relationships with Barefoot Books,, and Tapestry Books. All revenue generated from sales through these venues is used strictly to cover website costs and minimize donation requests and fundraising campaigns.

Perhaps the most serious problem with current literacy campaigns is that they ignore, and even divert attention from, ... More

      Printer Friendly

Click cover to buy:

Only available on publisher website


Author: Martha Swirzinski and Anita Tieman

Illustrator: Martha Swirzinski and Anita Tieman

Reserve at the Library

Publisher: Whole Child Publishing, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A series of animals begs you to move like them, eat like them, and otherwise imagine what it would be like to be like them. Probably better for a group setting like a preschool or kindergarten. This is a book that will engage kids to move around as you read.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 6

Age of Child: Read with boys 3 and 5 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book. We read it together, but they didn't want to read it after the first time. My 5-year-old followed along and performed the movement activities pretty well. My 3-year-old tried his best to follow his older brother, and still moved and had fun. This book would not have worked if his older brother had not been there.

Adult Reader Reaction: Yes, I liked the book because it got my kids moving and thinking. I was underwhelmed by the pictures. They look like royalty-free clip art. The text rhymes, but because it is forced, they did not add much value to the learning process.

Pros: This is a simple picture book that will inspire exercise, movement, and pretend play.

Cons: The illustrations and rhyme detract from the book as a whole.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This could be a nice gift for a preschool or kindergarten classroom.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ANIMAL EXERCISES; POEMS TO KEEP FIT   HAVING FUN! (Just Like Us series)   MAKING FRIENDS! (Just Like Us Series)

Educational Themes: This is an opportunity to introduce animals and animal behaviors and let kids have fun acting them out.

Notes: The author 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: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, health, exercise, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2010

Other Reviews:


Copyright © 2003 - 2018. The Reading Tub, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Reading Tub and Turning a Page ... Opening the World are registered trademarks of The Reading Tub Inc.
No use of these trademarks is permitted without written approval of The Reading Tub, Inc.
Privacy Policy.     Site developed by Sites2BeSeen.