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Kangaroo and cricket
Siomades, Lorianne.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Penn. : Boyds Mills Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A book of opposites designed to show pre-schoolers that they have something in common with everyone.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.5 0.5 49850.
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Frank E. Merriweather Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Frank E. Merriweather Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Siomades (The Itsy Bitsy Spider) points out the likeness between two unlikely animals in each spread. "Kangaroo and cricket.../ both can jump./ Camel and turtle.../ both have a hump." Fish and hippo both swim; and, as readers can see from a spread of a cross-sectioned hill that houses a bone and an acorn, "Dog and squirrel.../ both bury things." A few pairings are a stretch ("Whale and walrus.../ both are big"), and an octopus and bat's tendency to hide results in a spread so dark that neither creature is identifiable. In the collage illustrations of brightly decorated paper (painted with watercolor and gouache), the simplified faces with round googly eyes have a cartoonish look. The concluding spread announces, "I have something in common with everyone," and brings together all the animals, but leaves the "I" a mystery. Still, this cheerful little book may prompt readers to consider how much all creatures have in common. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Two dissimilar creatures on every page reveal their commonalities in this colorful picture book. The illustrations, rendered in cut paper, watercolor, and gouache, will attract young readers' attention because of the large cartoonlike animals, insects, and birds that scamper across the pages. The bold rhyming text is also appealing. "Duck and dragonfly.../both have wings./Dog and squirrel.../both bury things." Two small worms appear on each double-page spread. One is easily apparent whether climbing up the camel's hump or digging in the dirt; the other is carefully camouflaged with only a lone black eyeball on a white circle as the visual clue. The only unsuccessful page appears to be the bat-and-octopus spread, which is so black that no outline can be seen of any animal-only two large sets of eyes and two smaller sets of eyeballs that readers must assume to be the worms. Youngsters will enjoy this book, which will help them think in terms of similarities of diverse creatures. Good for a discussion starter and vocabulary building.- Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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