Friday, October 30, 2015

NEW Kids Picture Books: Day 30

Wild About Us! by Karen Beaumont. April 2015.

From Amazon: "Warty Warthog may have warts and tusks, but he likes himself that way! Join him as he celebrates all of his animal friends and the attributes that make each one unique. Whether it’s Crocodile's toothy grin or Kangaroo’s huge feet or Leopard’s spottiness, each animal is different. Wouldn’t it be dull if all the animals at the zoo—and all the people in the world—looked alike? A joyful picture-book celebration of everything that makes us individuals!"

My thoughts: There are a few picture book authors that get me really really excited when I find out they've written a new book, and Karen Beaumont is one of them. I was first introduced to her work with the book Where's My T.R.U.C.K.? and I just love her style of simple storytelling using perfect rhythmic rhymes. This book has beautiful, realistic illustrations of different zoo animals, and celebrates how each one is different. It would be a great way to lead into a discussion with kids about what makes people different from each other too.

Recommended Age: 4-7 years (but as always, my 3-year-old liked it too! :) 

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