8, An Animal Alphabet

8, An Animal Alphabet

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"Discover hundreds of animals, great and small. Lion and lizard, whale and wombat. Learn one wild fact about each animal. (Did you know that gorillas yawn when they are nervous?) Look carefully, because for each letter of the alphabet, one animal is pictured eight times. Why 8? Come inside and find out."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780545470834
Branch Call Number: jP Cooper
Characteristics: 36 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Alternative Title: Eight, an animal alphabet


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LoveSewing Nov 01, 2016

This book teaches children the alphabet through the animals. The fun thing about it is that although there’s a jumble of animals depicted, one animal is pictured 8 times for each letter of alphabet, and children can have fun finding which animal that is. Additionally, the book contains a random fact about each animal shown in the book at the back.

Apr 27, 2016

‘I Spy’ meets an alphabet and counting primer – with personality. The fun is introduced at the very beginning, as readers are instructed to find the animal on each page that is pictured eight times. Why eight, you might ask? Because it’s the author’s favorite number! For J, talk together while poring over jackals, jackrabbits, jaguars and jellyfish – but you’ll discover only the jellyfish appears eight times. With a page for each letter, you’ll get lots of practice counting to eight! Post-Z, there’s even more fun to be had with pages of back matter with trivia for each pictured animal.

Nov 08, 2015

SUMMARY: On each page animals are illustrated and listed for each letter of the alphabet. For an extra challenge, there are 8 of one of the animals to seek and find. In the back of the book is a short "encyclopedia" listing the animals with a one sentence fact for each one.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with paint. Unfortunately, they did not lend themselves well to the busy layout of this book. The animals are a little bit muddy. Add to that an ENTIRE page full of animals and it becomes very challenging to find each named animal. The pages are also lacking in color which decreases visual interest.

THE GOOD: This is a different type of ABC book. It is more of a seek and find and encyclopedia combined. At the bottom of each page is a list of the animals for that letter and you must seek each animal on the page. Plus, there are 8 of one of the animals to seek and count. Why 8? Because it is the author's favorite number. This book would be good for grades 1-2 classrooms and used with an animal unit. It is an opportunity to learn a large amount of new animal vocabulary. Children who need a challenge or who love animals will enjoy this book.
THE NOT AS GOOD: As stated above, the pages are very very busy. For the littlest ones trying to learn their ABCs or for pre-readers, this is very challenging. Many of the animals are not common animals so this is not a quick read-a-loud, but rather a learning opportunity that will take several sittings to get through. I did not know some of the animals and would have to look them up before being able to point them out to a child (such as a quoll, uakari, and kakapo).

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 3-5, but lends itself better if used as an encyclopedia of animals for grades 1-2. If used for ages 3-5, I recommend using it for learning time rather than story time.

ChristchurchLib Sep 21, 2015

What's so special about the number eight? Why, eight is author/illustrator Elisha Cooper's favorite number, and he shares his admiration through this interactive book. On the first page, readers find a menagerie of watercolour-illustrated animals beginning with the letter A -- alpaca, aardvark, anteater, etc. -- including eight little ants to find and count. Every letter of the alphabet gets the same treatment, with eight matching animals in every mix. (In case you've never heard of critters such as quolls or xeruses, there are quirky factoids about every animal at the end). Combining counting, matching, animal info, and the alphabet, 8 is hard to define…and hard to put down. Picture books newsletter September 2015.

PimaLib_KatherineB Aug 13, 2015

Beautiful illustrations. Children will enjoy pointing out familiar animals among the pages and learning the names of more unfamiliar ones with the help of their grownup and the index. Animals are grouped by first letter of their name and some animals are drawn more than once. This provides an opportunity for children to learn sounds and counting up to eight. Animal facts are also included in the index.


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