This tells of a baby elephant and the animals he sees as he walks along, including a herd of zebra, a chameleon and an ostrich. Nearly 40 birds and animals are introduced, with a brief comment about each. The author has also written "Crafty Chameleon", which won the 1987 Kate Greenaway Medal.
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PreSchool-Grade 3-- In this wildlife album, Kennaway has written a spare, capable text to complement her soft, yet clear, careful watercolor illustrations. As Little Elephant and his mother roam the African plain and forests, they come across a host of beasts, some recognizable to young readers, such as the giraffe and lion, and many others that are less familiar, such as the ratal, warthog, and caracal. All are accurately drawn, with some of their habits and characteristics deftly worked into the text. Unbordered full-page paintings alternate with half-page paintings on the opposite page. The text, well spaced throughout the art, is written in the present tense to produce a sense of immediacy. Most of the obscure animals are mentioned without explanation except for the genet, which, for some reason, the author feels compelled to tell readers is ``a kind of cat.'' The appearance of some of the more exotic and beautiful wildlife on these pages is sure to spur readers on to seek more information about these creatures elsewhere. --Jane Marino, White Plains Public Library, NY
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The 1988 Greenaway winner (Crafty Chameleon), who is noted for striking watercolors illustrating animal fables, surveys African animals as seen by Little Elephant while he roams the plains and forests with his mother. The selection is unusually inclusive--39 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles (plus a few insects) are presented in a sequence that grows naturally from the elephants' exploration of their own habitat. The simple text describes for each a typical activity that is also pictured (``the python...likes to lie out in the hot sun''). In the handsome watercolor art, the animals are slightly simplified; the result is appealing, with images that capture the essence of the animals yet are more easily read than photos; backgrounds are suggested in a more impressionistic style. Classified as fiction, but less a story than an excellent introduction to African wildlife. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060203773
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0060203773 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0012855
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60203773
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060203773