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Animalia by Graeme Base

Animalia (original 1986; edition 1988)

by Graeme Base

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Authors:Graeme Base
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Animalia by Graeme Base (1986)



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This book could be used as a read aloud in a kindergarten class to teach children words associated with each letter of the alphabet. The read aloud would model fluent reading, proper pronunciation, and would help in presenting new, more difficult vocabulary to new readers. This book could also be used as a model text in a second through fifth grade classroom. The students should be able to access this book when working on individual or group writings for aid with adjectives or alliteration. This book would be a good model text because of its many examples and its ability to be reproduced.
  Courtney_Kelley | Feb 19, 2017 |
There are not enough words of praise for this fastastic children's book that will appeal to adults as well. It's a large hard cover book with the most amazing, detailed, intricate illustrations you can imagine, stunningly done. Each has hidden things in it. This is an most unusual alphabet book, so the hidden items each begin with the letter being depicted on that page. The illustrations are silly and beautiful at the same time. Children love silly, so there's plenty of fuel for their imaginations in this book. I can't stop looking at it. The art work is simply gorgeous. The book is way above most children's books. Please expose your children to this quality of art. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
From the armoured armadillos avoiding the angry alligators to the zany zebras zigzagging in zinc zeppelins, the animals in this imaginative alphabet book put on quite a show. Each letter is alliteratively exemplified in both text and image, with any number of other objects and animals, besides the main ones that are actually named, hiding in the artwork. The result is a book that rewards a closer examination, and that will provide young children with hours of amusement as they pore over the illustrations.

First published in 1986, and then reprinted in this 25th Anniversary Edition, Animalia took Australian author/illustrator Graeme Base three years to create, and it is not difficult to see why. The artwork is gorgeously detailed, with so many little objects hidden away in its depths. This anniversary edition includes a poster on the reverse side of the dust-jacket that contains a riddle needing solving, giving young children even more to keep them entertained. Recommended to anyone looking for fun alphabet books, as well as to those searching for picture-books that provide a more interactive experience for young children. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 6, 2017 |
This is a highly engaging book, that takes alliteration to the next level. Each page is beautifully illustrated with lots of images all related to the letter of the page. Every time I look through this book, I find something new. On top of that the author "hid himself" on each page, so there is an extra level of engagement in finding him. This is a great book for introducing the concept of alliteration to children ( )
  Alangenberg | Nov 30, 2016 |
This is a fascinating book that portrays the alphabet through beautiful illustrations, one for each of the twenty-six letters in the alphabet. Each illustration features an animal and a poem that uses the letter portrayed in each page. On each picture spread are pictures of many other objects that all start with the same letter as the letter of the page. Each page is so full of unique and captivating images that readers can flip through it many times and each time discover something new.

This is an essential for every early elementary classroom but can be enjoyed by all readers! This book can be used as a way to teach the alphabet, keeping students engaged by trying to find all the different objects that start with the letter. Students will be enthralled by the beautiful illustrations and the fun game that it is to look at each picture spread to find out objects. For upper elementary students, this would be an ideal book to teach about alliterations and have students create their own alliterations based off of what they see on each page.

Young Australian's Best Book Award (1987 Best Picture Story Book)
1987 Picture Book of the Year
Kid's Own Australian Literature Award (1988 Picture Book Winner)

Award Description:
Young Australian's Best Book Award (1987 Best Picture Story Book): The Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) were established in 1985 by a group of Victorians hoping to engage children in reading Australian books.The YABBA Awards encourages children to recommend recent Australian published books, read all the recommendations for their peers, rate them against all others and then finally reward that book they feel is best.

1987 Picture Book of the Year: This award has been presented occasionally since 1955 by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA). The Award is made to outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity, or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations.

Kid's Own Australian Literature Award (1988 Picture Book Winner): Given by KOALA – the Kids Own Australian Literature Awards – this award began in 1986. It was the creation of a group of volunteers who desired to hear children’s opinions and the promote of Australian books and authors.

APA citation:
Base, G. (1987). Animalia. New York: H.N. Abrams. ( )
  BrittaSchlect | Nov 28, 2016 |
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Withing the pages of this book
You may discover, if you look
Beyond the spell of written words,
A hidden land of beasts and birds.

For many things are 'of a kind',
And those with keenest eyes will find
A thousand things, or maybe more --
It's up to you to keep the score.

A final word before we go;
There's one more thing you ought to know:
In Animalia, you see,
It's possible you might find me.

For Robyn
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An Armoured Armadillo Avoiding An Angry Alligator
Beautiful Blue Butterflies Basking by a Babbling Brook.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0810918684, Hardcover)

What's this elaborate illustration? "Horrible Hairy Hogs Hurrying Homewards on Heavily Harnessed Horses," of course. Graeme Base's astonishingly creative oeuvre begins with Animalia, the 1993 alphabet book that challenges the standard idea of how long reading a book for small kids ought to take. Animalia, like many of Base's books, is a vast puzzle, built with entrancing pictures that unfold into layers and layers of objects--all matched to each page's corresponding letter. Base leaves us stunned and amazed, painting reflections into the oddest surfaces and driving the urge to page-turn. This wonderful picture book works for 2-year-olds, 5-year-olds, and adults alike--something few other alphabet books can manage. --Andrew Bartlett

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:01 -0400)

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An alphabet book with fantastic and detailed pictures, bearing such labels as "Lazy lions lounging in the local library."

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0670815365, 0140541128

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