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Sunday 12 September 2010

Review: Animal Exercises

Title: Animal Exercises

Author: Mandy Ross

Illustrator: Sanja Rescek

Publisher: Child's Play, A$12.95RRP

Publication Date: 01/02/2008

Format: Soft cover

ISBN: 9781846430442

For ages: 0 - 5

Type: Picture book

About: I'm always keen for books that encourage children to move - and what better time to start than with the really young?

This gorgeous book gathers together a gaggle of exercise-related poetry that provide the perfect fodder for wee ones to get physical. With an animal focus, we're treated to poems on dolphins, cheetahs, monkeys, elephants, lizards, snails, dogs, frogs and much more - you name it, it's here.

The poems provide ample opportunity for the reader to encourage the child to move in exactly the same way as each animal... can they scuttle like a lizard, tiptoe up the stairs like a mouse, wriggle like an octopus, leap like a frog?

These poems are perfect for daycare or preschool settings and also in the home. Complemented with action-packed and totally gorgeous pastel illustrations, you'll be producing little athletes in no time. Added bonus: exposure to poetry - and this is always a good thing.

This book is available online