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Simms Taback's Safari Animals

Simms Taback's Safari Animals

Spring 2008 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Author: Simms Taback
Illustrator: Simms Taback
Publisher: Blue Apple Books
ISBN: 978-1-934706-19-0
Hardcover Price: $9.95
Sometimes simple is the hardest thing of all. The text of this blocky little book follows a precise pattern: "Who am I? I have big feet. I have a l-o-n-g nose. I am an elephant." The sentences appear one after another as the page unfolds, quadrant by quadrant, to reveal a large picture of the animal in question. Bold black outlines set against a flat green background and just a hint of grass, create a winsome elephant that fills the page with his stately gray presence. Other animals include a zebra, a hippo, an ostrich, a lion, and a giraffe. Perfect for introducing zoo animals or for making predictions, this will work beautifully in toddler story hours as well...provided the storyteller can manage to keep the unfolded pages unfolded. The sturdy cardboard leaves also make this a natural for young animal aficionados who have the dexterity to open the pages on their own. To paraphrase: "Who am I? I have a book. I turn the pages. I am a reader."
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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