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Animal Trunk: Silly Poems to Read Aloud

Animal Trunk: Silly Poems to Read Aloud

Spring 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Author: Charles Ghigna
Illustrator: Gabriel
ISBN: 0-8109-4200-3
Hardcover Price: $14.95
With appealing, minimalist pictures in primary colors and jaunty texts on facing pages, these verses about a variety of beasts, both wild and tame, are bound to please. From "Cows like mooing,/ Cows like hay. /Cows like giving milk each day." to "Bears like honey,/ Bears like trees,/ Bears are chased by honey bees", children will respond to the simple truths simply revealed. Some may wonder, as this reader did, why the upside-down elephant pictured on the book's cover has no accompanying verse inside - especially as the collection is called Animal Trunk. But it's a minor quibble in an overall pleasing entertainment for youngest listeners.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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