Animals Move Reviews

Youth Services Book ReviewStarred Review

“In this book, adorable baby animals frolic, jump, swim, and nibble while, in facing pages, young children do the same.  The words are minimal, following the simple format of baby animal name and then the verb (Porcupettes nibble; Tadpoles wiggle).  Cheerful color photographs illustrate the joy of movement.  The children depicted are of many ethnicities and body types, and the last page encourages the reader to think about how she or he moves.  The endpapers detail the names of the animals and what their babies are called (baboon – infant), accompanied by photos of parent-baby pairs.  The whole text gently rhymes.

This book works in all the ways books for littles should work: engaging subject, pleasing presentation, gentle introduction of new vocabulary, lack of stereotyping, and strong construction for repeated reading and handling.  There is a note to adults in the back offering several extension activities to get kids thinking and moving.”

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CM Magazine

“The pages within Animals Move consist of double-page spreads in which two-thirds of each spread is occupied by a colour photo of the young of an animal with that juvenile being engaged in some form of movement. The other third of the spread reveals a child emulating the animal’s action. As seen in the excerpt above, the simple rhyming text consists of a single noun and an action verb. The book’s animals include the familiar, like dogs, cats, horse and birds, and the unfamiliar, such as geckos, echidnas and baboons. Similarly, some of the names given to the juveniles will be familiar to young children, terms like puppy, kitten, and perhaps fawn. Most, however, will be new additions to their vocabularies (as well as to that of many adult readers). Young readers will know many of the action verbs, words such as “swim”, “hop” and “snuggle”, but others, including “dash”, “wobble” and “groove”, may be vocabulary add-ons. The photos of the children are truly a rainbow of inclusivity. A closing page offers five suggested activities that parents could undertake with their children to extend the book’s content and to increase healthy active movement, with one being: “Take photos of your child doing movements inspired by animals and work together to make your own book.”

Animals Move is a perfect book for those youngsters who are transitioning from board books to regular picture books but who still lack sufficient manual dexterity to be able to turn picture book pages without possibly causing damage. The physical size and shape of Animals Move resemble what children perceive as being a “big girl/boy” picture book while the extra-heavy paper employed by Pajama Press helps to guard against accidental page damage. The book’s padded cover and rounded corners are an added safety feature for both the reader and the physical book. A vocabulary builder and movement motivator, Animals Move belongs in home collections, day cares and public libraries.

Highly Recommended

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YA Books Central

“What I Loved: This book was made sturdy for younger audiences. The photographs feature a side-by-side comparison of animals and kids acting out the movements. The photos are fun and engaging with the kids and animals caught in the moment.
The animals featured have both common and unusual animals that would delight young readers while building their vocabulary of baby animals. One of the best things I found was the diverse background of the children featured. I love that it is inclusive.”

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Sherylbooks

“Animals Move is a bright, appealing new addition to the Big, Little Concept series by author/librarian, Jane Whittingham. It’s the perfect way to get your littles wiggling. I love that the children portrayed are diverse & active & your littles will love the baby animals whose movements they can copy…that is, if you can get them past the awesome endpapers! The soft padded cover and tough pages are perfect for toddlers to turn without tearing.”

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Book Time

“In this picture book for two to five year olds, readers see all the ways baby animals move while also looking at children move the same way.

For example, Joeys hop across the page, while a little girl makes a similar move. Infants (baby baboons climb) and so to does a little boy on a ladder at a park. The bookends feature pictures and words of the adult animal and its baby, so you know, for example, baby porcupines are called porcupettes and baby enchidnas are … puggles! Adorable.”

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Storytime with Stephanie

“An adorable and durable book for young children, Animals Move by Jane Whittingham inspires little people to get up and move like their favourite animals.

Throughout the book, the simple text tells readers how different baby animals move. From kittens to puggles, each of the animals moves in a different way, just like children do.”

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Fab Book Reviews

“A warm, inviting picture book sure to entice babies and toddlers for repeated reading with its vibrant, sweet, inclusive photographs and romping fun rhymes, Animals Move is a fantastic pick for action and movement-based storytimes. End papers include a pictorial layout of all the animals featured in the picture book, as well as the names of the baby animals and their respective grownup counterpart.”

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