Author: Bill Martin Jr.
Illustrator: Eric Carle
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: 1992
Genre: Picture Book, Concept Book
Grades: Gr. k-2
Overview: With Eric Carle’s simple and brightly colored illustrations, this picture book is the perfect learning tool for young children. Not only does it teach them colors and animals, but it also uses repetition to help the child fully understand what he or she is learning. It is a full circle story about different animals – wild and domestic alike – that all come across each other. It is a good book to use on a light-hearted conversation about acceptance. The ending makes it easy to tie into a classroom lesson, as it ends with children sitting around a teacher looking at all the different animals in the story. It is a good interactive book.
Activity: This book can be used in a lesson of color recognition. Simply print out black and white pictures of each animal and have the children color the pictures according to what color each animal is in the story.
Reviewer’s Name: Sarah Garretson