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A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in Groups

by Anna Wright

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This book is an artistically drawn picture book that aims to teach about collective nouns and the many different names for groups of animals. The author goes through several animals, explaining their social living habits and what a group of each specific type of animal is called. For example, a "Gaggle of Geese".
I think this book is a great example of an informational text because it provides information about the natural world in an interesting and fun way. The lightheartedness of the text and detailed drawing serve to make the book more interesting and not so much of the typical "boring informational text".
1. This would be a great book to read aloud or have available as a resource during a unit on animals. A follow up activity would be to have kids students work with a partner to figure out more details about the lives and niches of one of the animals mentioned in the text.
2. Another way to utilize this text would be to read it aloud during a grammar lesson on collective nouns. The book does a great job of explaining what the definition of a collective noun is. Additionally, while reading, the teacher can stop and have kids identify the collective nouns and restate what a collective noun is on a couple pages.
Age Appropriateness: Primary, Intermediate
Media: ink and watercolor with fabric and feather collage. ( )
  rstewart15 | Mar 3, 2017 |
A lovely book about collective nouns. ( )
  imtanner2 | Nov 14, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 158089707X, Hardcover)

A drove of pigs, a romp of otters, an ostentation of peacocks, and a tower of giraffes. . . . This clever book introduces young readers to some of the words we use to refer to animals in a group. The ink, watercolor, and fabric collage art is brightly colored and uniquely sets this fun book apart from the crowd. Each page presents information about an animal and its group behavior, such as how geese fly in a V-shape and honk to encourage the leaders, and that sometimes tens of thousand of flamingos meet up in one location.

Young readers will have a great time and create a wellspring of new vocabulary words.

(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 01 Aug 2015 23:37:25 -0400)

Provides the group names for a variety of animals, including a parcel of penguins, a troop of monkeys, and a romp of otters.

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