ZOOFLAKES ABC by Will C. Howell


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Age Range: 8 - 10
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Howell (I Call It Sky, 1999, etc.) adopts the classic, cut-paper snowflake technique to create 26 large, six-sided animal silhouettes, Alligator to Zebra. Each ring is white, without further decoration, set against a black circular background that is, in turn, surrounded by solid color to the page’s edge, and captioned with simple declarations: “F is for FISH. G is for GIRAFFE . . . ” As there are eye holes and other internal cuts, at first glance each cutout looks dizzyingly complex, but closer inspection reveals that their lines are relatively simple: simple enough, in fact, that with the help of the instruction at the end and just moderate facility with scissors, children can create comparable “zoo flakes” of their own. Both “crafty” sorts and readers who enjoy poring over patterns and visual puzzles will find this engaging. (Picture book. 8-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-8027-8826-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2002