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|Fur, feather, fin : all of us are kin|
Author: Lang, Diane
A rhyming tour through the amazing animal kingdom, from mammals to millipedes and everything in between!
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 01/01/2018 From the seagulls in flight on the end pages onward, readers are taken on a journey through the natural world. Various environments and seasons are displayed on bright double-page spreads. Creatively placed rhyming text introduces us to many different animals, and shows what they have in common. Often, it’s surprising: readers may not know that both crabs and butterflies (as well as many insects) are arthropods. Curves dominate the scene, from the circle on the cover to the tide pool on the final page, and even the language reverberates with movement. Lang reminds us that we don’t yet understand all animals on earth, but Laberis’ illustrations make them accessible and charming, with most animals seen in families or at least pairs. The world of her illustrations is warm and inviting; even the dark, deep ocean is mitigated by the playful swirls of octopus tentacles. Endnotes add more information for the curious reader. Pair with Creature Features: 25 Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do (2014), by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 PreS-Gr 3—The book opens with a big idea: "All animals on Earth are kin, while not the same outside or in." Various classes of animals are then introduced—birds, amphibians, reptiles, and a few "mixed categories" such as water dweller. Rhyming text is used throughout to define each group and briefly mention its features. For example, the book defines amphibians ("Changing body, smooth, moist skin: that is an amphibian.") and then shows the process of metamorphosis—a tadpole changing into a toad, salamander, frog, or newt. The colorful illustrations work seamlessly with the text to both reinforce the written information and add additional details. Back matter provides more information about each creature covered and gives additional sources for further investigation. Pair this book with Jonathan Tweet's Grandmother Fish: A Child's First Book of Evolution more animal-related science for young learners. VERDICT A clear, inviting introduction to the study of animals. A very good choice for reading aloud and discussing.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.