Sunday, September 25, 2011
Review: Five Creatures
Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This cute picture book would be a fun read to share with your child. The text, whimsically drifting along the borders of the full-page illustrations, details common characteristics of five creatures, namely a little girl, her mother, her father, and their two cats. The erasure of the line that separates humans and animals in this family is very interesting, and the different groups that they split into can provide good conversational material for a parent and child. It's funny how many likes and hobbies the humans share with the cats, though in slightly different ways. For instance, of the five, there are "Four who have a knack with yarn." The picture shows the mother and daughter knitting scarves as the cats play with balls of yarn on the floor. The art is cute and simple, with soft borders between colors and skewed perspectives. Recommended, especially for children in households with cats or other pets.
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