Move!

Move!

Book - 2006
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Animals move! Follow them as they swing, dance, float, leap, and slide from page to page, then learn why these animals move the way they do, from the jumping spider who dances to impress and then floats away on a thread of silk, to the roadrunner who flies, but not too far, and would rather run to catch its prey.

Illustrated in eye-popping cut- and torn-paper collages by Caldecott Honor artist Steve Jenkins, Move! is a playful introduction to motion in the animal kingdom that invites young readers to guess some of the unusual ways that animals get around.

Action is the name of the game, so Move!
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
ISBN: 9780618646371
061864637X
9781328895738
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,24 x 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Page, Robin 1957-

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IndyPL_KatieW Jun 16, 2020

A veritable who's who of the animal kingdom shows off its moves. Each spread features one action demonstrated by two distinct animals. (Both a whale and an armadillo swim. Both a crocodile and a snake slither.) Each animal, in turn, performs two different actions. (A polar bear floats and slides.) The clever layout introduces a pleasing element of suspense and gives the book a page-turning momentum. Paper collage illustrations depict the animals in realistic detail with rich textures and bold colors.

It's a read-aloud romp for all ages: with the help of caregivers babies can enjoy movements and sounds that mimic the animals, toddlers can act out the motions with their hands or whole body, and older kids can have fun predicting what each creature will do next. Many of the animals are identified at a level of specificity (a gibbon, a jacana, a blue whale, a jumping spider) that's sure to inspire curious young scientists, and the brief appendix of facts offers a springboard to further zoological inquiry.

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