Animals Move by Jane Whittingham

Animals Move by Jane Whittingham.  Pajama Press, Inc, 2021.  9781772782387

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

Format: Hardcover picture book 

What did you like about the book?  In this book, adorable baby animals frolic, jump, swim, and nibble while, in facing pages, young children do the same.  The words are minimal, following the simple format of baby animal name and then the verb (Porcupettes nibble; Tadpoles wiggle).  Cheerful color photographs illustrate the joy of movement.  The children depicted are of many ethnicities and body types, and the last page encourages the reader to think about how she or he moves.  The endpapers detail the names of the animals and what their babies are called (baboon – infant), accompanied by photos of parent-baby pairs.  The whole text gently rhymes.

This book works in all the ways books for littles should work:  engaging subject, pleasing presentation, gentle introduction of new vocabulary, lack of stereotyping, and strong construction for repeated reading and handling.  There is a note to adults in the back offering several extension activities to get kids thinking and moving.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for families with toddlers and preschoolers who like to move and who like animals.  Would be a nice addition to a baby animal or movement storytime.

Who should buy this book? Day cares, preschools, public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Nonfiction (573)

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:  Robin Shtulman, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review:  December 7, 2021

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