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Hello Hello

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Intro to wildlife at risk celebrates animals of all stripes.

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It's heartbreaking that kids today are born into a world where the animals they learn about are endangered, but this book's an enchanting introduction to the vibrant diversity of the animal kingdom. In the main pages of Hello Hello, author-illustrator Brendan Wenzel celebrates animals of all stripes -- ones from land, sea, and air -- with descriptive, rhythmic rhymes that call attention to animal characteristics. His art is bright and cheery and includes cut paper to indicate scales, stripes, quills, and feathers, giving the animals depth and texture.

Wenzel saves the more serious lessons for the back pages, though even there he's mindful of his young audience. The author's note states his message simply without talking down. And the names of the animals go far beyond the usual "lion, tiger, bear," to teach the real names of the species, for instance "veiled chameleon" and "three-stripe damselfish," communicating a deep respect for these wondrous but vulnerable creatures with whom we share the planet.

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