Oodles of Animals

Hardcover | March 31, 2008

byLois Ehlert

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In this exuberant collection, Lois Ehlert celebrates the animal kingdom with quirky, playful rhymes and bold collage illustrations that perfectly capture the spirit of each creature. Sixty-four of her favorite animal friends are here, from hamsters to monkeys, geckos to mountain goats - and with its clever combination of fact and wordplay, this stunning volume is as fun to read as it is to look at. Includes an author's note. Visit www.HarcourtBooks.com/LoisEhlert for activity sheets and more!"

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In this exuberant collection, Lois Ehlert celebrates the animal kingdom with quirky, playful rhymes and bold collage illustrations that perfectly capture the spirit of each creature. Sixty-four of her favorite animal friends are here, from hamsters to monkeys, geckos to mountain goats - and with its clever combination of fact and wordp...

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:56 pages, 10.71 × 10.98 × 0.47 inPublished:March 31, 2008Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152062742

ISBN - 13:9780152062743

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Ehlert (Wag a Tail) finds freshreason to marvel at creatures great and small in this vibrant, oversize book, longer than her previous titles. Portraits of various animals, from caterpillar to elephant, each pair with a short rhyme about what makes the beast or bird distinct ("Penguins know/ from birth/ their wings won't fly/ from Earth"; "A newt looks cute/ in its polka-dot suit"). Her arresting signature cut-paper collages strike a playful balance between boldness of color and simplicity of shape. The result is a series of fluid compositions as the artist uses pinking shears and hole punches to add texture to triangles, semicircles, hearts and the like, and then cleverly combines and layers them to convey depth, movement and humor. She remains a master at creating spreads that are chock-full of things to see, but never crowded or too busy in their design. Ages 3-7. (May)