A debut children’s picture book that explores collective nouns for various types of animals.
Sitting outside, a father and his son (both white) talk about what various creatures are “called when they get together.” The son narrates his dad’s explanations with rhyming couplets: “A cluster of whales / is called a pod; / So big, but so gentle, / these creatures of God.” Some terms are fairly familiar, such as “school” of fish, “pride” of lions, or “gaggle” of geese; others are less so, but wonderful, such as “crash” of rhinos or “blessing” of unicorns. The warm, comforting conclusion, after the boy climbs into his father’s lap for a hug, is that “Of all the groups we could be, / my favorite one is / our family.” Margrave’s charming offering is short but sweet. His verse scans well, and he provides images beyond simple descriptions: “Like curly white clouds / that went for a walk; / a group of sheep / is called a flock.” Wyly’s full-page, softly hued paintings are appealing and appropriate in their childlike simplicity. The animals are generally depicted as young-and-old twosomes, like the narrator and his father—a nice touch—with amusing details, such as a parliament of owls’ powdered wigs, or a juggling cat riding a unicorn.
A delightful book, perfect for reading aloud.