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4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  180 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A vivid introduction to animals from all parts of the world, portraying them in their specialized environments with intricately detailed pictures.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published September 27th 1993 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 1990)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This isn't so much a story as a series of imaginative scenarios: children playing, creating worlds in their collective imaginations, turning bunk beds into tents and fishbowls into the ocean. The corresponding text consists of a beautifully-worded, poetic ode to the scene they've created through play-acting, and then you turn the page and get a double-page spread of what they're seeing in their own heads. An elaborate panorama of an Amazonian jungle or African plains or Australian wilderness or ...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
This is a book made up of multiple sections. Each section begins with page containing a short poem, the next page contains an illustration of kids pretending to be in the world described by the poem, then the next double-page-spread is filled with an intricate illustration of the described world. There are are probably 50 different animals to find in each double-page-spread, with the names of the animals to find located around the outside of the page. (This same method was used to great effect ...more
May 28, 2014 Fibersian rated it it was amazing
This is book that shows vignettes of children creating imaginary scenarios within their house then the page is turned and a double page spread shows a detailed illustration of the real situatios.

Plays to the natural inclination of childhood imaginary play. The illustrations promote close inspection to find all of the details. Can be read again and again.
I didn't have patience to read this properly, identifying every single animal on the pages, but it would be a fun way to teach children of the diversity of the planet and the animal kingdom. Typically cute and classic Lester. Move on to The Waterhole by Graeme Base next for more challenging animal identification games.
Nov 05, 2013 UISG LIBRARY rated it it was amazing
I love this Australian classic! The illustrations are full of wonder and imagination. I've read it to myself, but I'm reading it aloud for the first time to an EC class this morning... I hope they enjoy the illustrations as much as me!
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This book has pictures with a search and find element good for teaching about animals from other places.
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A zoological treat for children :)
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