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Perfect Picture Book Friday: Roly Poly Pangolin

Thought I would participate in Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday again this week. Read this one a week or so ago, and it totally enchanted me (and taught me something too!). Check out more perfect picture books here - and this week's new ones on Susanna's blog. 

Title: Roly Poly Pangolin
Author/Illustrator: Anna Dewdney
Publisher: Viking Juvenile, 2010, Fiction 
Age Range: 3-5 years
Theme/Topics: fears, endangered species, animals
First Page:
Roly Poly, very small,
doesn't like new things at all.

Synopsis: Meet Roly Poly Pangolin: a little pangolin who'd rather stick close to his mama instead of facing anything unfamiliar. Whether it's a line of ants, a friendly monkey, or a loud noise, Roly Poly runs the other way. Then he hears something that really scares him. So he does what all pangolins do when they're frightened: he rolls up into a tiny ball. But Roly Poly is surprised when he finally peeks out, because another ball is peeking back . . . it's a small pangolin just like him!

Resources: Here is some info from the author/illustrator on pangolins (an ADORABLE endangered animal), including links, pictures, and facts.

Why I love it: The story is absolutely POSITIVELY precious, with gentle, catchy rhymes and delightful meter. The message about fear is so important and sweetly shared. And this creature, that I had NEVER heard of before, is precious, and the illustrations capture it so sweetly. I have fallen in LOVE with Roly Poly. Such a cutie! Those facial expressions are extremely endearing.

Hope you'll give this book a look - and check out the OTHER perfect picture books for today at Susanna's blog.
 
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10 comments:

  1. This is one of God's many artistically designed creatures that has fascinated me. What a great idea for a book. I love the cover. Thanks.

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    1. Thank YOU, Joanne (love typing that LOL feels funny to thank myself :P) - for stopping by, and for the encourageent. Hope you pick it up - I really enjoyed it!

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  2. Nice cover, shich would sell me, but I want to check out the preciousness too!

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    1. Absolutely - the cover was definitely what grabbed my attention. So important! Thanks for stopping by, Julie!

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  3. Eye-popping cover. Never heard of Pangolin before. Very touching selection.

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    1. Thanks, Patricia - it was definitely the cover that got it on my to-read list. And I'd never heard of the animal before either. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. The cover alone should draw readers in.

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    1. Exactly, Linda! One VERY fun aspect of picture books that I'm growing to appreciate more and more. Thanks for stopping by, dear friend!

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  5. You sure don't see many picture books about pangolin!! This is pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Absolutely my pleasure - amazing what you can find in the world of picture books! Thanks for stopping by :)

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