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Animalia (1986)

by Graeme Base

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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.

Awards:
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 |
Animalia presents each letter of the alphabet in order with a page dedicated to each letter. The book uses alliteration and vivid imagery to show many words that all start with the same letter. On each page of the book, every small image in the collective picture starts with the letter presented on the page. The author has also included a hidden picture of himself on each page for readers to find.

I love this book because it is extremely colorful and vivid. It uses alliteration in an amusing way and it is so much fun to look at the pictures and try to figure out how all of them will start with the letter on the page.

This book could be a great tool to teach alliteration to children. Children could look at the pages and try to figure out what is special about how the book is written. It could be fun for the children to try and think of more things that could go on the page that start with the given letter. ( )
  ErinLeary | Nov 20, 2016 |
Love the pictures. The worlds are spectacular.
  kllord | Sep 16, 2016 |
Too overwhelming for me. ?I might have enjoyed it when my eyesight was perfectly correctable, but maybe not. ?áEvery image is as bright?á& 'in-your-face'?áas every other, there's no perspective, no way to see what's going on, if anything is. ?áIt's like a pretty Richard Scarry word book, and I could never stand those. ?áIt's also possible that I could enjoy it as posters or shrunk a bit, but the very large size of this book demanded it be held at just the wrong distance from my face. ?áStill, it is clever, and the pix are pretty, so I won't rate it too low....


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  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Epigraph
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.

--Graeme
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For Robyn
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An Armoured Armadillo Avoiding An Angry Alligator
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Beautiful Blue Butterflies Basking by a Babbling Brook.
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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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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