The series is introduced from a bestseller of the popular science picture books for early learning in British, including a total of nine books. It creates a great deal of original fresh and playful animal images with fabrics.
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Stella Blackstone is the prolific author of the popular Bear and Cleo series as well as several other Barefoot titles. She lives with her family in Somerset, England. Clare Beaton has been charming audiences for years with her hand-sewn illustrations. She has published many titles with Barefoot, most recently Clare Beaton s Action and Clare Beaton s Nursery Rhymes. Her picture-making workshops for small children make her a popular presenter at schools and literature festivals. Clare divides her time between London and Norfolk, England.From School Library Journal:
reSchool-Grade 1-This companion to Beaton's How Big Is a Pig? (Barefoot, 2000) lacks the appeal of that book. Each two-line stanza contrasts aspects of the other creatures to the lion's roar ("Cheetahs are spotty, zebras are stripy, But how loud is a lion? Shhh! Listen!"). Using descriptors such as "Giraffes are gentle," "Hoopoes are happy," "Parrots are feathery," and "zorillas are greedy," the text is flat. The repetitive phrase, "But how loud is a lion? Shhh! Listen!" along with a partial glimpse of the beast on several spreads, leads readers to the surprise at the end: the lion roars, the animals scatter, and the big cat smiles. The book's strength is the exceptional felt-applique art on full spreads that captures the animals' characteristics. The fine craft-work of beads, embroidery, and applique, and the great endpapers with an assortment of slithering snakes are stunning. This title would make a beautiful flannel-board story and could be read aloud, but it might leave readers wishing for the delightful rhymes so successful in Pig.
JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA
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