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Title:
I know a rhino
Author:
Fuge, Charles.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Sterling, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
A little girl introduces her animal friends and describes the fun she has with them.
General Note:
First published: London : Gullane Children's Books, 2002.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 69628.
ISBN:
9781402701375
Format :
Book

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Summary

These are my friends
I know them, you see.
I know them quite well...
because they live with me!
Have you had tea with a rhino, and mud fights with a pig? Kept in shape with an ape as you danced to a tape? Do you know a dragon, so scaly and red? And, would you look after him when he's sick in bed? Meet a little girl and her charming animals as they play all day. She spins round with her hippo, blows bubbles in the bath with giraffe, picnics on brown bread and honey with her bear when it's sunny. And, did you ever meet a leopard in top hat and tail? He's simply the best, as anyone can see! It's the most delightful menagerie imaginable, and the sweetest story-with a little twist at the end!


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. This vivid rhyming picture book captures a child at imaginary play. It begins: "I know a rhino. / We like to take tea. / I have two sugars / and rhino has three," and the lovely picture shows a gigantic rhinoceros sharing a child-size table and chairs with a little girl. He has his legs crossed, and he pours the tea with perfect manners for a perfect tea party. The text continues in the same vein as the little girl plays in the mud with a pig, dances with an orangutan, twirls with a hippo, acts as vet for a sick dragon, bathes with a giraffe, picnics with a bear, and plays dress-up with a leopard. The scenarios are all bright fun, and the ending is particularly satisfying as the child curls up in bed with her toy animal friends. This will be a nice read-aloud for young children; the large print and easy poetry will also entice brand-new readers to try the pages on their own. --Kathy Broderick


Publisher's Weekly Review

A spunky preschooler proves she's learned an important life lesson: it's who you know that counts. "I know a Rhino/ We like to take tea," she informs readers, as the huge horned beast daintily pours out a pot and a tiny stool collapses beneath his weight. "I have two sugars/ and Rhino has three." The seven other animals making up her unusual circle include an illness-prone dragon and a leopard with a penchant for formal wear. What's more, as the narrator reveals in the final page, the members of this motley menagerie aren't mere acquaintances; all of them "live with me!" (as beloved stuffed toys that the girl snuggles with as she sleeps). While not quite up to the unfettered goofiness of his Sometimes I Like to Curl Up Like a Ball, Fuge still conveys humor and good cheer with full-bleed spreads that capitalize on the animals' various attributes (one turns vertical when the girl introduces a bubble-bath loving giraffe). He furnishes the stage-like scenes with minimal bright, monochromatic backdrops, keeping the focus on the animal guests' often overwhelming size and elaborate texture. Rhino's portrait, for example, emphasizes the folds of ample flesh that hang over its ribs. Preschoolers will delight in the zoologically incorrect situations put forth by the pert heroine. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A happy preschooler certainly knows how to fill up her day with fun and friends. She hosts a rhino for tea, has mud fights with a pig, dances with an ape, takes care of a dragon with a cold, and bathes with a giraffe. Fuge's bright, warmhearted and silly illustrations fill each spread, with the lovable creatures taking center stage along with the endearing protagonist. The playful, rhythmic text and bold pictures make this a surefire storytime hit. When readers discover that these imaginary playmates are really stuffed-animal friends, the magic is brought home in a comforting, loving bedtime scene.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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