Author: Schlein, Miriam
Brand: Brand: Simon n Schuster Children's Publishing
Edition: Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed
Number Of Pages: 32
Release Date: 01-06-2002
Details: From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 2-The manner in which creatures great and small greet one another is the subject of this informative picture book. Rubbing foreheads or noses, twining trunks, or grabbing jaws are just a few of the ways animals communicate their pleasure upon meeting. Wolves, beavers, polar bears, lions, and chimpanzees, among others, are shown saying "hello" in Kirk's large oil paintings on textured paper. Arresting spreads reveal the friendly acknowledgments. The book concludes with a child greeting an adult with a smile, a wave, a hug, and a kiss while a circle of animals watches. This title is a potential storytime selection that educates while presenting the opportunity to participate in the action.Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. Product Description Lyrical text and adorable pictures combine to show young readers how all sorts of animals meet and greet each other. From Publishers Weekly Schlein's (Billions of Bats) informative and engaging foray into the animal kingdom offers readers a glimpse of the ways in which various creatures greet each other. When two lions meet, how do they say hello? asks the opening spread. Executed on textured paper, Kirk's (Snow Family) full-bleed oil paintings provide lush accompaniment with a variety of raised textures. The artist pays close attention to the lion's features, capturing the patterns of fur, the wisp of whiskers, then uses crackling paint to simulate craggy shrubs and rakes the skyline with horizontal lines, apparently formed with the end of a paintbrush. The creatures appear close up on the next spread, with dramatic emphasis on the male's flowing mane. They rub their foreheads together, and make a humming noise... like this... HMMMM... That's how two lions say hello. Mmmmmm. Hello.Some meet-and-greets, such as the penguins who sing a duet, occur on a single spread. In another, beavers touch noses on the right side of the spread, their bodies partially submerged in the greenish blue water rippling out around them in concentric circles. Schlein wraps up the volume by relating the subject to readers: How do you say hello? With a smile? With a wave? In a break from Kirk's otherwise natural depictions, the animals smile in many of the paintings and, on the closing spread, they assemble in a circle; in the center, a human child and adult embrace. All in all, an excellent introduction to animal behavior. Ages 2-5. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. From Booklist Ages 5-7. "When two lions meet, how do they say hello? They rub their foreheads together and make a humming noise." Schlein and Kirk depict animals across continents greeting one another: polar bears, chimps, wolves, beavers, zebras, penguins, elephants. The final spread brings all the animals together in a circle with a boy and his presumed mother giving one another a hug and a kiss. Colorful oil paintings on textured paper illustrate each animal's mannerism. The narrative would have been stronger had the rhythm of the posed questions been maintained throughout, but the inviting cover and idea will appeal to kids and encourage them to shake hands, imitate the animals, and think of other possibilities. A simple approach to communication. Julie CumminsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved About the Author Daniel Kirk has written and illustrated numerous books, including Hush, Little Alien; Bigger; Humpty Dumpty; Jack and Jill; Moondogs; and Snow Family. In addition he has illustrated two poetry collections; Go! and Dogs Rule!; and several titles by other authors, namely Chugga Chugga Choo Choo and My Truck Is Stuck by Kevin Lewis, and Hello, Hello! by Miriam Schlein. Kirk lives in New Jersey with his wife, author-illustrator Julia Gordon, and three teenage children.
Package Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches