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CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW

Book uses animals to introduce ABCs

Editor's note: This book review was written by a fifth-grade magnet program student at Leon Sheffield Elementary School.

GONE WILD: AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL ALPAHBET. By David McLimans. Walker & Co., 32 pages, $16.95, hardcover.

By Jenny Morris
Special to The Daily

This isn’t the typical “A is for Ant” alphabet book.

Author David McLimans is well known for his satirical cartoons. He uses his skill as an artist to lend the form of an appropriately named endangered animal or species to each letter of the alphabet. A silhouette of the featured animal is pictured at the bottom corner of each page.

McLimans’ illustrations can be confusing, until one realizes that he is incorporating a distinctive part of each animal into the shape of the letter, not the entire animal.

Many of the letters bare a striking resemblance to the featured part of the corresponding animal, while still obviously being a member of the alphabet. Further information about each animal is included at the end of the book.

Because of the exotic depictions of the “letter animals,” this alphabet book would be best for children who already know their ABCs. Then these cleverly drawn pictures could entertain and introduce awareness of the fragility of some species on our planet.

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