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Book: Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet
Author: Kimberly Hutmacher
Illustrator: Sherry Rogers
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-934359-88-4 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-934359-98-3 (paperback)
Related website: www.SylvanDellPublishing.com
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: ages 3–7
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
Hutmacher, Kimberly. Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet (published in 2009 by Sylvan Dell Publishing). What would you do if you woke up and found all kinds of animals in your bedroom, your yard, and all over the place? Kimberly Hutmacher’s rhyming text and Sherry Rogers’s colorful illustrations show young readers how a couple of children find a squirrel in their bedroom, a monkey up a tree in their yard, and a spider hanging from their window. They get to see frogs and fish in a pond, penguins in the Antarctic, elephants and lions in Africa, kangaroos in Australia, a gigantic turtle on an island, an eagle with its young in their nest, and a panda in a cave. But did they really see it all, or were they just dozing and dreaming?
Sylvan Dell books for children are wonderful because they combine an interesting story that youngsters will enjoy with facts that they can readily absorb. They will be fascinated as they join the animals in running, jumping, leaping, hopping—all of which kids like to do anyway—and then resting. I especially appreciated the closing picture of the boy asleep with the open book on his bed, which subtly encourages children to find adventures in reading. At the end of Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet, there are four pages of "For Creative Minds" activities. Parents and teachers can find further information about "Related Websites" and "Teaching Activities" at Sylvan Dell Publishing’s website to help them expand the learning possibilities. I really like this book!