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Animal fun
Newcome, Zita.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations; 26 cm.
A group of toddlers has fun imitating a penguin, a crab, a duck, an elephant, and other animals while they exercise.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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As they waddle like penguins, scuttle like crabs, stomp like elephants, and wriggle like worms, this menagerie of energetic toddlers exercise their bodies -- as well as their imaginations. Of course, readers are invited to join in the fun of Toddlerobics and the discovery of all the wonderful ways their bodies can move. Zita Newcome's active wordplay and vibrant illustrations are an invitation to celebrate the joys of waddling, scuttling, stomping, and wriggling along.

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Booklist Review

Ages 2^-3. As in her book, Toddlerobics (1996), Newcome offers rhyming verse and a multicultural cast of toddlers participating in exercise class. Ling, Maddy, Alphonse, Harry, Claudia, Vikram, Georgia, and Archie arrive with their mothers, fathers, and grandmothers at the book's start; and the remainder of the book shows them in action: "Waddle like a penguin from side to side--/ back straight, arms down, feet out wide. / Flip your fins--imagine you're a fish! / Swim through the sea with a splish, splash, splish!" Liquid pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are bright, and even the youngest readers will have fun looking for the eight friends acting like penguins, fish, crabs, starfish, jellyfish, ducks, frogs, lions, crocodiles, kangaroos, monkeys, elephants, snakes, horses, butterflies, and worms. Like Eric Carle's From Head to Toe (1997), this book will get toddlers moving. --Kathy Broderick

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Eight round-faced toddlers, with a variety of skin tones and hair color, line up for a gym class in which they waddle like ducks, swim like fish, and jump like frogs. The suggested activities can be enjoyed whether at home or in a group setting. The rhyming text is simple ("Waddle like a penguin from side to side-back straight, arms down, feet out wide") and filled with suggested sound effects and movements. The illustrations of wiggling and jumping youngsters against vast expanses of white space are pleasant enough, but complement the text rather than stand on their own. A useful addition for toddler times.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.