Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 1 to 3
- Grade: p
Stretch! Fly! Dive! What are two things that small children love? Animals and big machines, of course. In this energetic board book, the two are combined to show how the actions of seven animals mirror those of seven mighty machines.
With a single word to indicate the action, the illustrations show animals like a whale diving in the ocean while on the opposite page, a submarine does the same; a badger digs in the dirt, mimicking an excavator, and an elephant squirts water just like a pumper truck.
To add to the fun, a small elf-like creature appears on every spread, giving toddlers something else to discover.
Perfect for expanding their vocabulary or just for their amusement, this is the perfect book to share with very young children.
About the authors
Debora Pearson is the author of numerous children’s books and the former editor of OWL Magazine. Under her direction the magazine won rave reviews from kids and high honors from the Parents’ Choice Foundation and the Education Press Association of America.For younger readers, Debora has teamed up with illustrator Nora Hilb and written Sophie’s Wheels (2006), a story about a little girl’s growth and the wheels (which keep her moving) that grow with her. Debora and Nora have also worked together on Kids Do, Animals Too (2005), a book about kids and animals acting out opposites in the park and Leo’s Tree (2004), a gentle tale of a baby boy and the tree planted in honor of his birth. This uplifting story was selected by Maclean’s Magazine as one of the top 20 Canadian picture books published in 2004, as well as “The Year’s Best” List, by Resource Links. Animachines (2003) creatively combines the actions of animals and machi
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
- Unknown, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre