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Simms Taback's City Animals

Simms Taback's City Animals

Spring 2009 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Author: Simms Taback
Illustrator: Simms Taback
Publisher: Blue Apple Books
ISBN: 978-1-634706-52-7
Hardcover Price: $12.99
Animal books written for children usually focus on the exotic variety—African lions and elephants, Indian tigers, rainforest birds and the like—or at the very least, cuddly farm creatures. But Simms Taback’s vividly illustrated new book reminds us that urban areas have their own “wildlife,” and that these animals are no less interesting to the stroller set. City Animals is a simple fold-out book that leads children to each animal with a set of clues. For example, who “can perch on the edge of a building,” and “look for breadcrumbs on the sidewalk”? The answer, of course, is a pigeon—a bird unbeloved by adults but immensely interesting to kids in the park. Taback’s renderings of squirrels and police-mount horses are appealingly large-scale, and children will enjoy unfolding each section to reveal the animal in question. This is an especially nice choice for very young city children who live in that same familiar world.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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