Arbordale, 2007 (2006)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
, young readers roam through the alphabet along with critters from all over the world, presented in engaging rhyme. Kids will enjoy spotting the khaki-clad boy hidden on every lush, colorful page, along with his parrot. At the back of the book, three pages give brief summations of all the animals included.
t begins: '
He slyly waits in log disguise. / A greedy gleam shines in his eyes, / He'll wait until the moment's right, then
lligator's going to bite.
' Some of my personal favorites are the
, and the
, but readers will pick their own. The alphabet ends with the
of course: '
He's more than a horse with a high fashion flair, / 'cause Zebras don't have to decide what to wear.
y only reservation about this lively trek through the alphabet is its portrayal of the
as something for '
woman, man, and child
' to fear, which seems misleading. Otherwise, the illustrations do a fine job of conveying the creatures' different attributes, the verses are smoothly written, and
is altogether fun.
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