Thank you to everyone who took a guess at what animal will be featured on the cover of Water Can Be… when it publishes next year. There were so many good guesses–I especially love the idea of an elephant shower–is it too late for me to put that in the book? But the correct answer is frog, and Janet F. was the first person to guess that. Janet, if you’ll visit my Half.com shop and pick out a nonfiction book you’d like, then email me that title and your mailing address, I’ll get it right out to you!
Wild About You! by Judy Sierra
illustrated by Marc Brown
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Fabulous rhyming picture book by Judy Sierra! Take a bunch of adorable zoo babies, two animals who feel left out (panda and tree kangaroo) because THEY don’t have any cute babies, an unidentified egg, and a stray kitten, and mix them together for a zoo adventure. This is charming and lovely–and funny. For instance:
“Blech! Babies are awful,”
the crocodiles told them.
“They bite and they scratch,
and they howl when you hold them.
They won’t do a thing that you want them to do.
And on top of all that, they make mountains of poo.”
“May we have your babies?”
the pandas asked sweetly.
“No! No!” cried their parents.
“WE LOVE THEM COMPLETELY!”
This is just a flat-out entertaining picture book, but it is also a great discussion starter about family, diversity, adoption, etc.
This is my favorite Sierra book, I think.