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May 23, 2015

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Pick of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Animal?

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What’s Your Favorite Animal?Carle, Eric and Friends. What’s Your Favorite Animal? illus. by authors. 40p. Holt. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780805096415. LC 2013018841.
PreS-Gr 2–Carle and a number of noteworthy picture-book artists (Nick Bruel, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sís, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, and Mo Willems) write about their favorite animals. The text takes the form of poems, stories, and narrative descriptions, and each entry is illustrated in a variety of styles, materials, and techniques. The back matter contains a biographical sketch of each contributor and information about the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (the benefactor of the sales of this book) in Amherst, Massachusetts. This successful collaboration of old favorites and newer names in illustration is sure to keep youngsters engaged and may inspire them to write about and draw their favorite animals or to take a closer look at other works by Carle and his friends.–Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa

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