A Tower of Giraffes

A Tower of Giraffes

Animals in Groups

Book - 2015 | First US edition.
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A drove of pigs, a romp of otters, an ostentation of peacocks, and a tower of giraffes. . . . This clever book introduces young readers to some of the words we use to refer to animals in a group. The ink, watercolor, and fabric collage art is brightly colored and uniquely sets this fun book apart from the crowd. Each page presents information about an animal and its group behavior, such as how geese fly in a V-shape and honk to encourage the leaders, and that sometimes tens of thousand of flamingos meet up in one location.

Young readers will have a great time and create a wellspring of new vocabulary words.
Publisher: Watertown, MA :, Charlesbridge,, 2015.
Edition: First US edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781580897075
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations


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I am as pleased as a parcel of penguins with this lovely picture book written and illustrated by Anna Wright. The collective names for each group read like pure poetry and her collage and dip pen work is perfect. Wonderful inspiration for a mixed-media artist, even with a mischief of mice.

Nov 06, 2015

SUMMARY: Each page of this book shows a group of animals, gives their group name and tells a little bit about them. For instance, a group of peacocks is called an ostentation and often live in groups with one male and several females.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in mixed media including with fabric and feathers. They are unique and quite gorgeous and fun to look at. I especially enjoyed the happy camels and the peacocks with their beautiful feathers.

THE GOOD: There is some very good and short information about each group of animals in this book. The facts are not necessarily widely known such as female elephants living separately from the bull elephants. This is an excellent book to share with a child who loves animals and is especially a great book for the classroom. This would be the perfect addition to a unit on animals.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The font has two problems. One, the titles of the animal groups are written in very fancy cursive. It is difficult to read. Second, the font is very very small. I feel there was plenty of room to make that font just a little bigger for children (and adults!) who will be reading this by themselves.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 3-7, but I think the high vocabulary lends itself better to grades 1-3.

NOTE: I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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