Wild About Us! By Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Janet Stevens

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

Summary:  Warty Warthog introduces himself and his friends at the zoo, explaining in rhyming text why each animal is perfect the way he/she is.  Rhino likes his wrinkly skin, Elephant knows his nose is supposed to be long, Chimp’s sticking-out ears are charming, etc.  Each animal gets a large illustration on a white background, every animal looking as happy as can be.  The final conclusion? “It would be such a shame if you came to the zoo and we all looked the same!” Ages 3-8.

Pros:  An upbeat message for kids to appreciate differences, joyfully illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Janet Stevens.

Cons:  If you read this aloud, you will have to endure endless laughter about Hippo’s wiggly, jiggly behind.

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