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If animals went to school
2019
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If animals went to school, what would they do? Fox would head to the story nook, Lemur would climb the jungle gym at recess, and Ms. Cheetah would teach them shapes and letters. Beaver wouldn't want to go at first . . . but then he wouldn't want to leave! In this next installment in Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker's successful series, following If Animals Kissed Good Night and If Animals Said I Love You, little readers can imagine how animals would spend a day in the classroom.
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Toddler-PreS--Paul and Walker reunite for their fourth animal "what if" picture book--this one imagining what animals would do if they went to school. Using simple, bouncing rhymes and sounds, this charming narrative follows a reluctant, shuffling beaver on his way to school. Soft-hued acrylic artwork captures the imagined scene of animals in the classroom: "Kangaroo would jumpity-jump-jump past/and be first to the room" while "Fox would rush to the story nook,/and bark-bark, 'Goat! Stop eating that book.'" Animals are shown joyfully singing, building, counting, reading, and playing at school; now Beaver is sad that he has to go home. The gentle, delightful illustrations paired with the simple, sweet story line are sure to please little listeners everywhere. VERDICT Pair with Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Misses Mama to soothe nursery school jitters. A lovely recommended read-aloud for toddlers and preschoolers.--Brianne Colombo, Fairfield Free Public Library, NJ
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