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Baboon (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Press: Turtleback Books (March 1, 2004)
ISBN:9781417824632
Author Name:Banks, Kate/ Hallensleben, Georg (ILT)
Language:English

Content

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. 
A young baboon's view of the world changes as his mother shows him various parts of his environment.

From Booklist

Ages 3^-5. 
A baby baboon is introduced to the complexities of the world in this deceptively simple story.
Mother takes her child into the great forest.
"So the world is green," the young baboon notes.
"Some of it," his mother replies.
As they progress into the forest, Baboon tries to hold on to the truths he thinks he sees: the world is slow because the turtle takes so long to pass; a crocodile opens his mouth wide, and the world seems hungry.
But when a gazelle dashes past, Baboon sees that the world can be fast, and when he spies a monkey in a tree, he realizes that although many creatures in the world are different from him, there are some that are like him, too.
As evening falls, Baboon understands that the world is big.
"Yes," his mother says softly, "the world is big." In a reassuring yet uncompromising manner, Banks opens young children's eyes to the message that there is more to their universe than they might know or understand.
The chunky artwork, executed in jungle hues, features strong central images that work exceptionally well for the age group.
A book that will support children's own questioning.
Ilene Cooper

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Another intimate tˆte-…-tˆte between mother and child from the creators of Spider, Spider (1996); here a baboon takes her baby on a walk through the bush, providing gentle commentary on his pronouncements. 
He waits for a turtle to pass, and notes, ``The world is slow.'' ``It can be.'' Of a fire, he says, ``The world is hot!'' ``Not always.'' Upon seeing a crocodile, he says, ``The world is hungry.'' ``Sometimes you are hungry, too.'' Hallensleben dims the light and saturates the page with greens and browns in his broadly brushed paintings to create a tranquil, cozy feeling perfectly attuned to the comforting tone of such tender give-and-take.
First-rate lap and bedtime reading.
(Picture book.
1-3) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.

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Review

Simple, eloquent. 
(Starred, The Horn Book)Banks opens young children's eyes to the message that there is more to their universe than they might know or understand .
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A book that will support children's own questioning.
(Starred, Booklist)Hallensleben dims the light and saturates the page with greens and browns in his broadly brushed paintings to create a tranquil, cozy feeling perfectly attuned to the comforting tone of such tender give-and-take.
(Starred, Kirkus Reviews)

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books, including And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, The Cat Who Walked Across France, Close Your Eyes, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. 
Banks lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons.
Hallensleben lives in Paris.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Tags

Children's Books,Animals,Apes & Monkeys,Growing Up & Facts of Life,Family Life,New Experiences

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Comment List (Total:5)

  •     Baboons? Who want this kind of book? Weren't they ugliest monkeys?No, this books shows you a very different world. Even if you're an adult, you'll find this book a nice bed time reading.

  •     In one word, wow! I purchased this book in the hopes of finding a good children's book, but boy was I surprised when I found a collection of lovely paintings, drawings, and pressed art made from the hind quarters of various baboon species. What a find!-Pie

  •     An engaging theme of discovering that the world is more varied than first experiences would have you believe suffers from a very dull palette. 'The muddy greens olives and browns may be true to a Baboon's forest world but lack the contrast to engage a young child. Even a brushfire is muted.This book was a dissapointment compared to Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks with the same ilustrator Georg Hallensleben. Both stories are soothing and engaging, providing the rare developing narrrative to be found in picture books for the very young. Mother to child invokes imagination in Close Your Eyes and investigating reality in Baboon. However, in Close Your Eyes abundant blue sky sets off the orange, black-striped little tiger, the greens are bright, and the dreams conjured up by the tiger mother burst with color and surprising details.Even a rainy mountian landscape is engaging. Nature is not at all dreary.

  •     This is a charming book with great illustrations. As a gift to our four year old grandson, it was a big hit.

  •     I love a bedtime book that I can read in a whisper, and this book is a melody of soothing tones. The language is amazing; it's lovely to read, non-repetitive, and truly evocative of the quest for any mother (baboon, human, whomever) to describe the world to the hungry eyes of a young child. I'd pick this every night for bedtime reading if I could.

 

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