Animal Books for Kids of All Ages
Crocodile works hard at being a great artist, painting a picture every day. Despite all his efforts, no one ever comes to his studio to buy anything, until Elephant drops by, looking for something special to hang on his wall. But his indecision proves inspiring to Crocodile, who, in his enthusiasm to please, creates a masterpiece beyond compare. Full color throughout.
Elmer and the Kangaroo
Twenty two orphans happily clamber all over their stone manor orphanage playing with nothing but their imaginations. When a stern headmistress forbids them to do anything even slightly dangerous, they outwit her, spreading their joie de vivre her way. Watercolor and penandink illustrations capitalize on the text in comic detail.
Ages 2-5. Told from the point of view of an infant elephant, this simple story documents the zoo baby's adventures of going into and getting out of the pool in its cage with mother close by. The large-print text of one short sentence or phrase per page, underneath spectacular color photos, makes this a perfect choice for reading one-on-one or with a small group. Wee ones will enjoy the antics of the small elephant. They can clearly see the wrinkles on its skin and the long hairs on its back. The front cover shows the faces of the pachyderms, while the back cover sports the tail ends. Even the title page includes lettering made from elephant-hide photos. A neatly designed package. This volume is a guaranteed hit for preschoolers everywhere
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The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant
The Story of Babar is essentially the tale of a country boy who comes to the city and, while there, comes of age. In the end, he returns home to share his knowledge and experiences with family and friends. The beautiful, delightfully detailed illustrations--de Brunhoff was a painter by trade--never fail to amuse. (Although none of the characters seem to notice, the sight of Babar in a suit leaning against the mantel while he regales his audience with tales of the jungle is plainly hilarious.) All of the Babar books are notable for their ability to tell larger stories with simplicity and style, and The Story of Babar is no exception. Potentially troubling moments--the death of Babar's mother, for example--are handled with taste, emphasizing Babar's unique gift for uncovering a silver lining in the most persistent of clouds. (Ages 4 to 8, though the cursive writing makes it best for reading aloud.)
Unhappy because she is the smallest in the family, Isabelle discovers that being little has its advantages when she is asked to perform in the circus
Babar Saves the Day (A Random House Pictureback)
by Laurent De Brunhoff, Laurent Debrunhoff
Babar convinces Kawak the parrot not to run away following an argument, but to return to Olala's singing group.
Babar's Bath Book (Bathtime Books)
by Laurent De Brunhoff
Created from soft, nontoxic vinyl, this colorful bathtime book chronicles the fun-filled activities of King Babar and his family. For children under four.
Travels of Babar
by Jean De Brunhoff, Jean De Brunhoff
Babar and Celeste have many adventures as they travel around the world.
Ambush at Amboseli (Anika Scott, No 4)
by Karen Rispin
When she and her family vacation in Kenya's Amboseli Game Park, twelve-year-old Anika Scott and her older half-brother Rick find themselves involved in chasing some elephant poachers.
The Biggest Nose
by Kathy Caple
Eleanor the elephant is self-conscious about her large nose after Betty the hippo teases her, but she overcomes her sensitivity when she realizes Betty has the biggest mouth. Full color.
Maxi, a stray dog, is adopted by the driver of a Checker cab, who takes Maxi along on his daily rounds. The solid illustrations of busy New York City streets are suffused with a golden glow that echoes the friendly sentiments of the story.
Ages 3-6. In this simple counting book, a little girl visits various animals and brings them presents: watermelon slices for 4 squirrel monkeys, colorful balls for 6 dolphins, and ribbons for 10 butterflies. Each double-page spread divides into a large, horizontal panel on the top; with a narrow one beneath it. The larger scenes usually shows the girl relating to the animals in loving, playful ways, and the smaller pictures show the animals enjoying her gifts. Representing every child's dream of a personal, peaceable kingdom, this idyllic picture book has just enough action to keep it visually interesting. It does a good job as a counting book, too, since the animals are clearly defined. With its warm colors and well-composed illustrations emphasizing repeated, rounded forms, this picture book will please many young children.
Parents can "count on" this Carle classic to reinforce basic numerical concepts in even the youngest child. Featuring a band of animals traveling to the zoo by train, children can count out the members of each group as they pass by, car by car. Carle's colorful trademark collage art makes this wordless counting book a fun and educational way to put children on the right track to numerical comprehension. Full color.
Illustrated in full color. "One little puppy dog, all alone" does not stay lonely for long as nine others join him in this delightful concept book told in rhyme. From poodle to Saint Bernard, endearing doggies come to life, doing all sorts of puppylike activities readily recognized by children.
Snoopy, the daring World War I Flying Ace, follows a dangerous mission in which he is to steal a collection of secret papers--a book report--from the Red Baron's secretary, who is really Sally
Gr. 2-4. Set on an island off the Irish coast, this fully illustrated story tells of Moira and her dog, Abby, who looks after the goats, keeps the cats out of the house, and is also the girl's best friend. Abby falls ill after eating some poisoned meat set out by a neighboring farmer. As night falls, the grown-ups shake their heads over the motionless dog, but Moira sleeps with her all night and celebrates her recovery when the morning dawns. Readers will feel like celebrating, too, though they may shed a few tears, so effective is this simple story. There are no chapter divisions; however, readers of early chapter books will find this a rewarding choice. The place, the characters, and the emotions ring true in the text and in Marks' sensitive illustrations. Combining deft line drawing and fluid watercolors, the artwork captures the spirit of the story with economy and restraint. Good for reading aloud or alone, this is one of the few books written at this level that is likely to touch the hearts of those who discover it.
Each page features one letter of the alphabet, a corresponding breed, and color photos of a full-grown dog and of a puppy. Also provided are each dog's size, color, and ob-catching rabbits, rounding up bulls, etc. Geared toward very young fans, the simple text briefly describes each breed. Unfortunately, silly props (a box of chocolates for the poodle, for instance) weaken some of the photos
Ages 4-6. A little girl narrates this gentle tale of canine friendship and loss. Ada is a black mop of a dog, one of two pets that have been part of the family for years. When Troublesome, the big "outside dog," dies, the family grieves, and Ada begins to pine away. The vet is consulted, but it is the child who comes up with a cure: a new puppy to help heal Ada's broken heart. Soft-toned, realistic illustrations in colored pencil and watercolor add warmth to the story and clearly show the distinctive personalities of the dogs, as well as the passage of time and the growth of the little girl. This heartwarmer is an especially nice book for parents to share with children who have lost a much-loved pet.
An enchanting children's book featuring a Scottish Terrier whose adventures encourage habits and character traits that promote the health, safety, and happiness of young readers, and provide an appealing model for human relationships. The book also teaches responsible pet ownership.
Allowed to keep two of the five puppies he receives for his birthday, Aldo names his unruly pets Peanut and Butter and - while his parents are away taking care of his sick grandfather - prays the dogs will learn house rules before the house falls apart. Warm, gently humorous episodes - sure to please.
Alex and the Cat
by Helen V. Griffith, Sonja Lamut (Illustrator)
These seven previously published short stories from Alex and the Cat (1982), More Alex and the Cat (1983), and Alex Remembers (1983), are collected and reillustrated in this one-volume edition. Alex, a lively dog, and his friend he catshare their unique views on burying bones, living in the wilderness, being a cat, and other everyday topics. Subtle, unobtrusive lessons peppered with humor underlie the simple stories, and expressive two-color illustrations complete the package
Gr. 2-4. The latest easy chapter book about Marvin starts off with the usual hilarious comedy. Marvin's teacher asks him to care for her aging dog, Waldo, while she's away for a week, and she gives Marvin the key to her house. First, there's the shock of seeing his teacher with a life outside the classroom ("Mrs. North was almost like a real person"). All his classmates envy him. He tries to act mature and responsible, not allowing his friends in Mrs. North's house, walking Waldo, coaxing Waldo to eat, even eating the dog food himself to make sure it's all right. But Waldo won't eat, and the story takes a surprising turn when the dog dies. Marvin must cope with his feelings of guilt and sadness and with his isolation as the kids at school and the substitute teacher turn on him. The farcical cover showing an embarrassed Marvin in his teacher's clothes closet is totally misleading. However, readers will relate to the tension and reversal in the story. They'll recognize Marvin's feelings, both the humor of having to confront your teacher as a person and the sorrow at the death of a beloved pet.
Gr. 4-6. Now an eighth-grader, Anastasia Krupnik struggles with caring for her new puppy, Sleuth, answering sticky ethical questions for her classroom "Values" assignments, and owning up to a dark deed (well, an embarrassing disclosure). Walking Sleuth early one morning, she dutifully cleans up after her dog, but absentmindedly puts the plastic bag into the mailbox instead of the trash can. When the police haul the mailbox away and start asking questions, Anastasia is alarmed. Her eventual confession and her unexpectedly keen memory lead to the arrest of a mailbox bomber. Improbable? Well, yes, but the book has its moments of humor and insight. A must-read for Anastasia's many fans.
The Angel Knew Papa and the Dog
by Douglas Kaine McKelvey
Gr. 3-5. Seven-year-old Evangeline Blake and her father eke out a spare existence in the log cabin built by Papa at the edge of the forest. Their only companions are two mules Papa borrows from a neighbor for plowing and a stray dog that comes and goes. When a flash flood threatens their home, and Papa is accidentally swept away, Evangeline is left alone in the cabin amid the rising waters. Suddenly, an angel appears, calming Evangeline and illuminating the house so that a woman in a rowboat can locate and rescue her. McKelvey's writing is sparse and lyrical, perhaps reflecting his previous efforts as a poet and songwriter. Using a style reminiscent of Cynthia Rylant's, he makes effective use of the element of mysticism and leaves many unanswered questions for readers to ponder. Although audience may be a problem (Evangeline's story will appeal to a much older audience than seven-year-olds), this is a fine piece of writing that should find a niche with sensitive readers
This lovable Scottish terrier has entertained millions since he first appeared in 1930, and now a new generation can enjoy his antics. In this story, Angus is being one-upped by a wily cat. Full-color and b&w illustrations.
Angus' curiosity is always getting the better of him. In this delightful story, he's egging on a pair of bossy ducks. Full-color and b&w illustrations.
Angus is back and he still can't stay out of trouble! In this story, he findshimself lost in the middle of the night. Full-color and b&w illustrations.
The stage is set when young Libby declares herself bored senseless, fed up with her piano-playing brother, and longing for a dog. Soon arrives Annie, star of her own picture book (Annie Bananie, 1987), new to the block and accompanied by her giant dog, Boris. They form a club with several other girls, and the book's big moment comes from the meeting of Libby's dog-despising grandmother and Boris. What's at stake? Unless her grandmother kisses the dog, Libby can't be club president. Slight and silly, the book lacks enough characterization to distinguish any of the girls from one another, and the language doesn't reach the standard of a TV sitcom, let alone the heights Komaiko (Sally Perry's Farm, p. 690, etc.) has reached in her picture books. Packed with funny black-and-white illustrations, this is easy to read, but not necessarily worth the effort
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