Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? The cheery animals displayed on a white background appear diverse. The text even points out how they all have different modes of moving in that the zebra gallops, the bumblebee flies, the lemur leaps, and the tiger prowls. But, are they really that dissimilar? Encouraged to look closer, commonalities appear as the animals announce, “We all have stripes!” Twelve more sets of four animals at a time are compared, first stating differences, then traits they have in common. All the animals appear for an encore in a double page spread that provides additional attributes to find, such as, “How many have spots? Make good pets? Have six or more legs?” Finally, two pages summarize why animals have developed the characteristics they have in common, such as stripes, whiskers, and tusks. This engaging introduction to shared adaptations will be intelligible even to the kindergarten crowd.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The lobster is blue!
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for all the politicians in DC to remind them it’s possible to focus on similarities rather than differences.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with picture books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 3/30/17