Journeys into the animal kingdom
Let’s look at some neat books about animals. Who doesn’t like a pop-up book? I do, for sure.
Pete Horacek brings us “Animal Opposites” which compares lots of wonderful animals.
We begin with a dachshund and a giraffe. The giraffe page is a lift-up-the-flap which really shows the difference.
We move to a quiet rabbit and a loud lion, then to a fat pig and thin meerkat.
Since I love sloths, I love the comparison to a bouncy kangaroo. Of course the snail is compared to the cheetah and the white goose to the peacock.
This is a great look at the differences in the animal world and a great discussion on opposites for the little ones.
I do not like practical jokes. I do love to read stories about them.
John Birmingham brings us a delightful tale in “Tug-Of-War.” We join Hare, Hippopotamus and Elephant in the forest.
When they are bored, Elephant and Hippopotamus tease Hare because he is so small and weak. Hare decides to get them back and challenges each of them to a tug-of war.
Unbeknownst to them, Hare gives one end of the rope to each of them and they begin to pull. It goes on and on and each one is amazed that Hare is so strong.
It takes them a long time to pull the rope close enough to see that they are pulling against each other. They are so angry that they set off after Hare, but he has already taken off for up into the hills.
“Jazzy In The Jungle,” by Lucy Cousins, is a colorful “layered” hide-and-seek adventure.
We join Mama JoJo and Jazzy playing hide and seek. Each page has several cut-out layers that you turn to “look” for Jazzy.
While he is not to be found, we meet lots of his fellow animals and birds as we go.
Finally, on the last page, we have two fold-outs and a lift flap with Jazzy under the flap. All the animals we have met are there to greet him as well.
Also by Lucy Cousins, we have the equally colorful “Peck, Peck, Peck.”
The cover has lots of holes in it. We meet a father woodpecker telling his little one that it is time for him to learn to peck a tree.
Dad takes him out and shows him how to peck away. He pecks a hole right through the tree.
Dad is very pleased and sends his son off to practice and have fun pecking. The little one does.
He starts with the wood fence, goes on to the big blue door. Inside the house, he finds a hat, a coat, a mat, and a tennis racket.
We watch as he proceeds through the house, pecking holes in lots and lots of things. Each peck leaves a hole in the paper of the page.
After almost totally destroying the laundry room, he is tired and ready to go back to his nest. He tells his father he just loves to peck and we leave him happily going to sleep.