A brief introduction to animals and their particular characteristics.
The text begins: “Hello animals! What makes you special?” The illustrations depict a series of animals—including an owl, a swan, a robin, a rabbit, a deer, and more—who offer answers in first person. The owl, for instance, says “my big eyes,” the robin chooses “my red breast,” and the deer offers “my spikey antlers.” The minimal text leaves the animals unnamed, providing a good opportunity for conversation and encouraging readers to focus on the gorgeous pastel illustrations, which are what make this offering special. The detailed, realistic renderings create lifelike critters ablaze with color and light. A second volume in the Hello Animals series, called Where Do You Live?, delivers further delightful illustrations of animals, this time accompanied by a couple of words describing their habitats. For example, readers see a frog and some fish who live “in a pond” and a dog and cat who live “in a house.”
Exquisite illustrations elevate this simple concept book appropriate for older babies and toddlers. (Board book. 1-3)