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MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS by Bob Dylan

MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS

By Bob Dylan (Author) , Jim Arnosky (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4027-6858-3
Publisher: Sterling

For this book-and-CD set, prolific artist and naturalist Arnosky has illustrated Dylan's catchy song about man naming animals--bear, cow, bull, pig, sheep and snake--with pencil-and-acrylic paintings of more than 170 animals in a series of peaceable kingdom images. Each double-page spread includes a number of identifiable animals in an imagined natural setting. An alphabetical list of most animals pictured is provided at the end. There are curious choices: three specific types of monkeys, for instance, but only a generic snake. The cow, bull, pig and sheep of the song have been shown in ancestral forms, an appropriate and evocative choice, though probably unfamiliar to young readers. They may also be frustrated by the lack of a key to the unnumbered pages in the book. Adults who share this with children may want to print out the keys from Arnosky's website, which should be complete by publication. The different illustrations on the dust cover and printed boards require libraries to make a choice. A beautiful concept with gorgeous artwork but flawed design. (Picture book and CD. 3-10)