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Animalogy    by Marianne Berkes & Cathy Morrison order for
by Marianne Berkes
Order:  USA  Can
Arbordale, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

In Animalogy, Marianne Berkes uses analogies to compare dissimilar animals such as ants and hippos. For example: ant is to tiny, as hippo is to big and robin is to wing as fish is to fin.

Comparisons include bat to eagle, deer to mice and beaver to spider. She compares sounds, behaviors, physical attributes and even classifications. Only a few words per page, told in soothing rhythms, creates this one-of-kind picture book.

Although Animalogy is recommended for children from four to eight, younger and older children will also enjoy it. The detailed illustrations are beautiful and accurate.

Six pages of activities are included at the end to make discussion easy and fun. Animal classification, adjectives and more analogies are included there. You may also go to the Sylvan Dell website for further teaching opportunities.

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