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Man Gave Names to All the Animals

by Bob Dylan

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An artist and naturalist, Jim Arnosky, asked famous music artist, Bob Dylan, for permission to use the lyrics of his song, "Man Gave Names to All the Animals" for a book he wanted to illustrate, and that's how this book came to be. A vividly colorful mingling of many different animals and plants from around the world on each and every page. At the end of the book is a long list of more than 170 animals that were painted in the illustrations that readers can look for. This book is a good example of the genre poetry, since the text is actually the lyrics to a song. But it can also be an example of folklore, since the song is based on the biblical story of creation, and since it is religious, fits into this genre as well.

Poetry and folklore. Media: pencil and acrylic
  rwilke | Apr 16, 2016 |
Man Gave Names To All The Animals
“Man Gave Names To All The Animals” by Bob Dylan was an outstanding book! I read this book to my step-son and he immediately began reading the “chorus” with me! The book is also a song and comes with the CD, which creates a patterned language and writing that readers can’t help but to become engaged in. “Man gave names to all the animals, in the beginning, in the beginning. Man gave names to all the animals, in the beginning, long time ago” is the chorus throughout the book. Additionally, it has traditional Bob Dylan style with “ah” being used whenever he names the animal. For example, “Ah, think I’ll call it a bear”. The illustrations are amazing! The fill the pages with lifelike color and animals in all spaces. Once you get to the end of the book, the reader learns there are 170 animals hidden in the book to go back and find. This book is on my wish list for my future classroom! The big idea is to illustrate a children’s book with the Bob Dylan song and to entertain children. ( )
  areyno5 | Oct 30, 2014 |
I am torn, I like Bob Dylan and I like Jim Arnosky's illustrations, but this book could easily be confused as nonfiction to a child. The song and book are about man naming animals in Eden. This was written by Dylan after he became religious. But I give it three stars because the illustrations are fantastic, there are over 170 animals illustrated in this book. Also, it is fun to listen to the song while reading along. ( )
  winterbower | May 4, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152020055, Hardcover)

He saw an animal that liked to snort. Horns on his head and they weren’t too short. It looked like there wasn’t nothin’ that he couldn’t pull. “Ah, think I’ll call it a bull.” Man gave names to all the animals, from the mighty bull to the messy pig, in the song Bob Dylan wrote twenty years ago. Now with bite, wit, and explosive color, Scott Menchin gives us new insight into this legendary song.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:10 -0400)

Based on a song by Bob Dylan, tells the story of how man named the animals of the world.

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