A Storytelling of Ravens

illus. by Natalie Nelson. 32p. Groundwood. May 2018. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781554989126.
K-Gr 3—Collective names of animals are used as a variety of critters engage in activities that may—or may not—be readily associated with them. For example, "The memory of elephants knew the peanut field had to be around here somewhere." Another entry states, "The parliament of owls expected the bill to pass unanimously, but there was one lone hoot of dissent." Mixed-media graphic style illustrations are humorous and bright. They effectively use broad, bold shapes on cheerily colored backgrounds, appealing to an array of picture book readers and sure to stand up to multiple examinations. This book is similar to Anna Wright's A Tower of Giraffes, but with a more sophisticated slant. While clever, the animals' undertakings may be understood more readily by savvy adults and older students than by younger children.
VERDICT This artful introduction to nomenclature will likely inform and engage readers of broad ages.

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