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June 22, 2012

Around the World on Eighty Legs

Title: Around the World on Eighty Legs

Author: Amy Gibson
Illustrator: Daniel Salmieri

Publisher: Scholastic, 2011
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: 6-10
Themes: Animal Diversity, Poetry

Synopsis (from Scholastic website):

A fun, fresh animal journey! Amy Gibson and Daniel Salmieri take readers on an  exciting animal adventure around the globe. As readers explore habitats ranging from the Arctic to the Savanna, they will learn fun and humorous information about the animals who live there.


Activities to go along with the book from the author – Math, Writing, Science, even PE/Movement!

National Geographic Kids has exposes on animals from around the world. See videos, hear what they sound like, downloadable fact sheets, and more.

Why I Like This Book:

Take a trip around the world and learn about these quirky, unique animals in this 56-page book of rhyming poems. Animals covered from the well-known, such as giraffe, lion, to the unheard of, such as the hoatzin, skua, and mouse deer. The sixty-one animal poems are organized by continents. Each poem introduces the animal to the reader in a light-hearted, humorous way revealing only one or two traits. The illustrations are done in watercolor, gouache, and colored-pencil, making these animals just ‘pop’ on the page. Each animal is drawn accurately but also with a sense of personality complementing the text perfectly. Take a look at the Anaconda.

(Click here to see more excerpts at Amy Gibson’s website)

The end pages contain an alphabetical listing of all the animals and provide additional information. This is a great “intro” book to animal diversity which will have kids clamoring for more information. A great book to use in the classroom or at storytime.

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