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Yak and Gnu

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  110 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Lively good humor is afloat—along with an armada of adventurous animals—in this silly seafaring tale.

A romp in the river with Yak in his kayak and Gnu in his canoe leads to a safari full of unusual nautical discoveries. A goat in a boat? A calf on a raft? A whole flotilla of whales and gorillas? No matter how many other strange sailors they come across, Yak and Gnu are ce
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Candlewick Press
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That was cute. Some rhyming. Adding of numbers, of sorts. Cute pictures. I think this is a fabulous one to try in Preschool for Y--how often do you hear the word Yak when you're little. Unless you're my family and sing Yakety Yak all the time....

7/27/16 Used as opener in my X,Y,Z theme. I was right--the kids didn't really know what a Yak was. They seemed to enjoy the book and laughed at the different animals in their boat-type things.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rhymes that that break hilariously, and a fun message about friendship. It's a bit like reading an extended tongue twister. I approve.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who would have paired gorilla with flotilla, giraffes with hovercrafts, and “a rat and her clan on a catamaran”? These amazing rhymes are just a few of many in this book that will delight readers and young listeners.

Juliette McIver writes with a sure sense of rhythm and a great sense of fun as she tells this tale of two friends who set out believing they are the only boaties on a river that leads to the sea - only to find that they are quite wrong. They meet many other creatures and types of boa
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kathryn Wilson
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lyrical and fun.
American Mensa
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
his is a picture book. It is fiction. People who like animals and counting numbers and who are three, four, or five years old would like it.
Yak and Gnu are friends. Thinking that no one else can sail as well as them, they go on and on and meet more and more animals until a big ship comes. Everyone else they meet can sail a boat, too. They are upset because they think they are the only ones who could sail a boat, and their song is was only for themselves. Then they notice; “we are different, and
Yak and Gnu are best friends and they love to go out on the water in their kayak and canoe. They are convinced that they are the only ones who can sail the sea! But as they paddle along they find other animals that are sailing the open seas and they keep having to change the song that they sing. They get increasingly frustrated that they aren't the only two playing on the sea and that it keeps getting more and more crowded. Can they learn that it doesn't matter what everyone else is doing as lon ...more
Juliana Lee
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Best friends, Yak and Gnu, think they are quite special because they can sail about on their different type of boats. But, as they soon discover, many other animals can take to the water too in all sorts of crafts.

Excellent illustrations!
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Silly story about 2 friends, yak in a kayak and gnu in a canoe.
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Silliness that even made my 18-month-old giggle.
Meet Yak and Gnu. Two best friends who love to row and sing. But who will they meet on their journey down the river? This hilarious rhyming tale is full of adventurous animals and boats galore.
Edward Sullivan
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Menagerie at sea. Entertaining absurdity.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I think the gorillas on flotillas saved this book for me. The rhyming is awful, but it gets sillier and sillier which makes it interesting. Great illustrations.
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Very light, funny book about 2 friends who think they're the only ones who can take to the sea and find out they are not. The ending is very sweet.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I found the forced rhymes to be quite annoying but the illustrations are adorable. Also good vocabulary development and counting reinforcement.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Nice and funny and bouncy.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Lots of fun with some interesting rhymes.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Watercraft, counting, and animals in an entertaining picture book.
Erin Gunderson
Cute rhymes & best friends.

Yak in a kayak, gnu in a canoe, goat on a boat, calf on a raft... wonderful imagery.
Ooh, I LOVE this. I think it would be SUPER fun to read during Story Time. Super fun.
Amanda Bond
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous rhyming story from NZ author Juliette MacIver. This story of two friends enjoying their time on the water in their canoe and kayak. Brilliant study of language and sound.
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Juliette MacIver lives north of Wellington City with her husband and four children. She majored in linguistics at university, took a detour and became a bicycle courier for a year, then went back to university to complete a diploma in teaching English. She taught for five years before quitting and starting a government job, which she left once her first child was born. Juliette has always written ...more
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