Paper Peek: Animals by Chihiro Takeuchi

 Paper Peek: Animals by Chihiro Takeuchi, Candlewick Studio, 9781536211498, 2020, originally published 2019

Format: Board book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book:    A wonderfully fun board book “I Spy” spinoff sharing wild animals from each of the continents and oceans.   Peek through the die cut animal and turn the page to find camels and zebras in Africa, reindeer and wolves in Europe, moose and beavers in North America, toucans and flamingos in South America,  cranes and peacocks in Asia, platypuses and echidnas in Oceania, polar bears and penguins in the Arctic and the Antarctic, seahorses and sharks in the Oceans.  

The backpages have a two page spread map of the world displaying all the continents and wild animals mentioned in the story.  The colorful illustrations were done in cut paper.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  A great gift for elementary students or for independent readers to check out and make connections with wild animals and where they live and to build skills.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, day cares, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  October 26, 2020

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