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My beak, your beak
Walsh, Melanie.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2002]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Looks at what pairs of animals have in common, despite their obvious differences, such as sharks swimming in the deep ocean and goldfish swimming in a bowl, both blowing bubbles.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.0 0.5 65624.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Melanie Walsh, creator of Do Pigs Have Stripes? and Do Monkeys Tweet? shows her skill in reaching the youngest readers. Walsh shows differences between pairs of animals and then shows how they are similar.

Lions are big and have hairy manes. Kittens are small and fluffy. But . . . they both have scratchy claws!

There are birds and bats, sharks and goldfish, penguins and birds--who at first may seem very different, but share similarities, too. Children will love guessing on their own.

Author Notes

After studying at the Harrow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, Melanie Walsh worked as a textile designer before writing and illustrating children's books. In addition to receiving many fine reviews, she won the Parents Choice Gold Award for Do Pigs Have Stripes? Melanie lives in London and has two young twin sons.

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Booklist Review

PreS. Vibrant colors and simple shapes will attract toddlers to these two appealing titles about similarities and differences. My Beak uses animal contrasts: "Dachshunds are long with little legs. Dalmations are tall and spotty. But . . . they both love chasing sticks." My Nose shows a cast of multiethnic children: "Arthur's hair is brown and straight. Kit's hair is black and spikey. But . . . they both don't like shampoo." Little ones will enjoy the way the rhythmic texts pause on the dramatic But before the next page reveals how the animals and children are the same. It's Walsh's bold, simple paintings that will draw the most attention. Friendly, saturated hues--acid yellows, chocolate browns, and rich peaches--color the large, uncluttered spreads comprising basic shapes and minimal, childlike details. A bedtime message closes both titles. Suggest this to fans of Todd Parr's books. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

In signature style, Melanie Walsh (Do Monkeys Tweet?, etc.) continues her exploration of the animal kingdom in My Beak, Your Beak. "Dachshunds are long with little legs./ Dalmatians are tall and spotty. But/ they both love chasing sticks!" My Nose, Your Nose spotlights an array of people ("Arthur's hair is brown and straight./ Kit's hair is black and spiky. But.../ they both don't like shampoo!"). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Contrasting sets of animals and children are found to have similar characteristics despite their differences. In Beak, "Lions are big and have hairy manes. Kittens are small and fluffy. But- they both have scratchy claws!" And in Nose although, "Daisy's skin is brown" and "Agnes's skin is white," "they both have cheeky pink tongues!" Full-page, childlike illustrations on a variety of bold-colored backgrounds capture the joyous tone in these two simple celebrations of diversity, geared for the very young.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.