Animalia (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Animalia (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Graeme Base


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Animalia is a vast puzzle, built with entrancing pictures that unfold into layers and layers of objects--all matched to each page's corresponding letter.

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ISBN-13: 9780613044912
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 10/01/1996
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.62(w) x 12.94(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

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Animalia 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's two ways to do an alphabet book. The first is to have each letter firmly illustrated by one - and only one! - item. The second, which is the approach taken in this book, is to have as many items as possible crammed onto each page.The result is an alphabet book that grows with your kid, because even a grown-up can spend a lot of time quietly poring over the pages of the book to catch one last detail, find one more F word, locate the boy in the striped shirt on every page.There are a few pages that seemingly indicate violence - hogs going into battle, a kangaroo in a kidnapping, warrior wasps - so parents of more sensitive children will want to read this book before purchasing. Frankly, I think these scenes are not worrisome at all, but others may disagree.
jodyjlittle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This ABC book of animals is filled from corner to corner with colorful and detailed illustrations. Each letter of the alphabet highlights an animal and contains a fun phrase of alliteration. Examples include "Beautiful blue butterflies basking by a babbling brook," "Ingenious iguanas improvising an intricate impromptu on impossibly impractical instruments," and "Proud peacocks preening perfect plumage."
dfarhat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated and playfully worded, this is a great ABC book. Each page has an alliteration on a letter, illustrations that match the sentence, and a lot of little objects that match the letter on the page. The look and find aspect of the pages adds a layer of excitement and challenge for children (and adults).
roseannes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LibraryThing ate my review again! It was so long! So maddening.This book was amazing. Each panel was stuffed with objects that started with each letter of the alphabet. I loved looking at all of the panels and discovering new things every few seconds. The characters are animals which is lovely, and the surrealness of it all is so fun and imaginative, it's sure to spark creativity in anyone who reads it. In the classroom I see it as an alphabet project where kids can try to point out as many things on the page starting with the letter as they can (or a competition). They could have to create their own similar panels or create murals in groups.
shumphreys on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best illustrated book I've ever seen. Graeme Base is a master of visual storytelling, teaching kids about words and alliteration through creative phrases like "Diabolical Dragons Daintily Devouring Delicious Delicacies." The illustrations are so rich, so straightforward yet fanciful, that readers are enchanted by both the simplicity and the intricacy of the work. Grades K-2. Group Read. Wide Appeal to visual learners. Positives - Enchanting illustrations. Negatives - none.
zeebreez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Base, Graeme. Animalia. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 1986. This beautifully illustrated alphabet book will keep kids studying each page. Each letter in the alphabet has a creatively written alliteration with animals staring as the main characters. The author also includes other things that start with the same letter on the same page. Each letter has a unique setting. This would be a fun and engaging way to teach alliteration and the alphabet. Age Group: 6-8 years
smaashthemac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books when I was a child, and it's still just as wonderful today. It's an alphabet book, but there's much more to it. Each letter boasts a tongue-twisting alliteration, often using big words that I remember having to sound out as a child, and then became curious about the meaning. As a graphic design major, I am very interested in typography and especially hand drawn type, and there are beautiful specimens of hand drawn type in this book. Also, each page contains not only the illustration described in words, but countless other objects that begin with that particular letter, as well as the artist himself hiding on every page, making the book into an exciting, animal version of Where's Waldo. As a child, there's so much more to learn in this book besides just the alphabet, and even as an adult, everything about this book is still fun and exciting.
cindratee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite picture books of all time. Look for the little boy in the red and yellow striped shirt. Great gift book
Kimberl71 More than 1 year ago
I remember my young daughter recieving a copy of Animalia when she was 6 years old. We loved the illustrations. This is what I would consider an art book more than a storybook. A great way to start a youngster on the path of art appreciation.
TigerLily7 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my daughter when she was young and she absolutely loved it. Now I have nephews whom I've purchased it for and I know they'll love it as well. The graphics are amazing and the illiterations are catchy for the kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. It uses great words and has beautiful pictures. I reccommend this book to kids of all ages!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The page for the letter "k" has personified animals in clothes w a caption "Kid kookaburra and Kelly kangaroo kidnapping kitty koala" w a scared koala being held around the neck w a large gun pointed at her. However, if this doesn't phase you for your child to see/read, the other pages are great w spectacular illustrations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was shocked to see the illustration and words for the letter K. "Kid kookaburra and Kelly kangaroo KIDNAPPING Kitty koala" and the illustration shows the kookaburra and kangaroo holding the koala at gun-point. This is completely an unnecessary display of violence considering the young, preschool-age target audience who is learning his/her alphabet. The book should have the characters "kissing" and not "kidnapping."