(Abrams Books for Young
This is a wonderfully
fun, beautifully illustrated, cleverly conceived book! My younger children, my
wife & I really enjoyed it.
The story revolves around
a family planning to go to the zoo, but the younger daughter is afraid. She can’t
remember what she is afraid of, so mom, dad and the older daughter try guessing
what it is that scared her before. They run through a list of animals, not
stating the animals name but dressing up like the animal and mentioning some
characteristic of the animal. For the first three guesses they explicitly ask
if the animal starts with an A, or a B or a C. When they stopped make this
explicit, we read a few more pages before it dawned on me that they were still working
their way letter by letter through the alphabet! (I don’t think that will be a
spoiler because everyone else will probably pick up on that right away. My wife
The pictures of the
family dressing up like animals are very creative, and it was fun with the kids
figuring out what animal they were referring to. The inside back cover has what
appears simply to be a collection of kids art work which is actually a key to
which animal went with each letter. I won’t tell how the story resolves, but
the conclusion was also a fun, surprising twist.
This book was a fun
experience that our children have wanted to return to again and again. We have
seen new things in the pictures with each re-reading and will likely discover
some more hidden facets in the future. Also, the portrayal of a loving family
caring for and enjoying one another (with significant patience) is superb.
Apparently this is Mrs.
Heder’s first picture book. Kudos to her for producing such an excellent work.
We warmly commend this
book to your family as an experience of and example of good family fun.
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