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Animalia [Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for my daughter Nov. 29 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for one reason and one reason only. The D page contains The Doctor and a Dalek. Enough said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Animalia, great subject, great motivation! Aug. 13 2001
By Sally
Format:Hardcover
Animalia By Graeme Base
What great illustrations! What great prose! The writing is arranged differently on each page, in different colors, styles, and size! What a way to introduce flexibility into a child's reading skills! And the motivation is fantastic! Children love the variety, both in the writing and in the detailed pictures! Kids love the silliness and words similar in sounds, too! And great big words for early readers are most challenging and exciting!
As a retired teacher, I remember reading times when older children (age 9 - 11), would sit for an entire silent reading period,looking for the tiny picture of Graeme Base on each page, all the while enjoying and appreciating the other illustrations, and usually chuckling about them I remember older children willingly reading aloud to younger children in an after-school program. I remember younger children (age5-6) reinforcing beginning sounds of letters in this book, by listening and reading the long words, sounding them out as they read along, getting hints from the many illustrations, and at the same time, sharpening their visual skills, noticing details on each page. All in all, a great book for children! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the illustrations and text are both superb Aug. 7 2003
By Sarah E
Format:Paperback
Animalia opens with a poem entreating the reader to search for the boy in each illustration, and it is well worth the effort. The surrealistic images that flow to the edge of nearly each page dazzle the eye; each one contains more than a person could take in during an hour of observing. Each painting portrays the alliterative line that accompanies it. A reader can experience this book either as 26 separate narrative poems, or 26 lines to one alphabet-infused poem. Through Base's alliterative efforts and animal illustrations for each letter of the alphabet, he exposes children to many new and difficult words as children enjoy persevering to discover the hidden image in each picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book by brilliant Base! Nov. 10 2002
Format:Paperback
Base's beautiful illustrations and silly alliteration make this book one of my favorite teaching tools. It's perfect for 3rd graders and up. The text will be difficult for younger kids to understand, but they will enjoy the bright colors and the sounds of the tongue twisters.
What makes this book so much fun is that the illustrations on each page are all items that begin with the same letter as each tongue twister. However, it's not always easy to figure this out. For example, on the first page with the letter A you will see a picture of a snake. But snake begins with the letter "s", so how can this be? Well, it's an Anaconda!!
You can keep your kids (or students) busy by having them be a detective and list all the items on a page that begin with that letter. This activity really requires higher level thinking
skills and is perfect for challenging your students.
Also, in every picture the author has drawn himself as a little boy. It's like a little puzzle on each page.
Kudos to Base. A brilliant book that finds the child in all of us--regardless of our age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Kids July 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is great for children and adults..Graeme Base is awesome and his work is fabulous..get the hard cover story book too, a great pair..I believe this will be a collectors item someday. A fine book for inspiration for artists of all mediums.
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By audrey
Format:Hardcover
From "An Armoured Armadillo Avoiding an Angry Alligator" to "Zany Zebras Zigzagging in Zinc Zeppelins", you and your reading companions will be delighted with these twenty-six beautiful illustrations jam-packed with objects. You will find something new with each visit and, if our home is any indication, you will visit often.
Exceptionally lovely and fun book.
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Format:Hardcover
Graeme Base is a true talent.These illustrations are good enough to be shown in an art museum and they probably already have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book for All Children Sept. 30 2001
Format:Hardcover
This book is great! My duaghter loved it and we enjoyed reading it to her. The illustrations are simply fantastic with gorgeous colors, great detail and wonderful wording to accompy them. It's a great book for teaching the alphabet and some early reading.
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