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by (author) Debora Pearson

illustrated by Nora Hilb

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2003
General, Machinery & Tools
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2003
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2003
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 1 to 4
  • Grade: p


Learn how animals do what machines can too!

A whale can dive, and so can a submarine. A pony will pull, just like a tow truck. In fact, every animal in Animachines performs an action just like that of a vehicle!

Animachines creatively combines two of children's favorite topics -- animals and machines -- and compares them to demonstrate concepts like dig, crawl, squirt, and carry. In all, ten active animals and their actions are matched with ten mighty machines.

With words that whoosh, r-r-r-reach, and G-R-R-ROWL, and softly colored pictures alive with whimsy (and some tiny friends to find on each page), Animachines is sure to delight active young minds.

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About the authors

Deborah Pearson, a former children's librarian for the Toronto Public Library, is an award-winning author and editor. She lives in Toronto.

Debora Pearson's profile page

Nora Hilb was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1953. As a child, she loved drawing more than anything else, though she never imagined it would become her profession. Because Nora’s parents were both from Germany, she grew up speaking German, later learning Spanish and English. Young Nora would find inspiration for her pictures in her favorite books, such as Die Wurzelkinder (which is German for The Children of the Roots), several wonderfully illustrated fairy tales (which she read over and over again), and collections of poems and songs by Argentina’s best-known author, María Elena Walsh. Later, she fell in love with the mysteries of Enid Blyton, though she read them in German.After high school, Nora studied to be a kindergarten teacher. Her desire to create, however, remained strong, and she eventually found work drawing for a small company that produced animated films for children. She also met her future husband there. They fled Argentina in 1976 in the wake of

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Editorial Reviews

A solid attractive offering that children will request for repeated readings.

Booklist / RBB

Active, noisy preschoolers will love this little book about animals and their counterparts. There isn't a passive voice to be found, and the verbs fairly bounce off the page.

Canadian Children's Book News

In this delightful book, a whale and a submarine can both dive, a lion and a monster truck can both roar, and a sea turtle and a bulldozer can both crawl. In fact, every animal in Animachines can do something just like a vehicle can! Animachines provides a fresh look at ten lively animals whose actions match those of ten mighty machines. Readers learn concepts such as squirt, pull, race and stretch by looking at the pictures and seeing both animal and machine acting out the verb. The pictures are soft and inviting, and each of the ten verbs includes a fairy-like little gnome also acting out the word. Toddlers can make a game of finding her and explaining what she is doing! ... My two-year-old loved Animachines from the first reading and continues to imitate the words and sounds throughout the day. Highly Recommended.

Canadian Materials

The watercolors are clear and uncluttered and the text is simple.

School Library Journal

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