Ever since last week’s post, I’ve been digging around looking for books with more low-profile animal protagonists.
Those who aren’t bears, dogs, cats, rats, pigs, horses and so on. Not that these hog the limelight (sorry, piggies), but they do appear in picture books so much more often than, say, a possum, or a crow, or an octopus.
Today we’ll be celebrating animals who are the lesser-heard ofs, the less typicals, the underdogs in children’s books!
(Sure, fish and hippo characters aren't that unfamiliar in children's books. But in comparison to bears and dogs, they really haven't been heard enough ...)
So here they are, these wonderful creatures who’ve widened a child’s literary world through their hooting, honking, cawing, and underwater silence:
In My Pond Sara Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich
A Fish Out of Water Helen Palmer & P. D. Eastman
Sea Monster's First Day Kate Messner &Andy Rash
Hippos Go Berserk Sandra Boynton
Belly Button Book Sandra Boynton
In My Tree Sara Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich
Sam and the Firefly P. D. Eastman
Possum Magic Mem Fox & Julie Vivas
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! Rosetta Stone & Michael Frith
Are You a Snail? (Backyard Books) Judy Allen
The Biggest House in the World Leo Lionni
Tickly Octopus Ruth Galloway
Crow Leo Timmers
Children’s literature would have slid to one end of the see-saw if writers hadn’t written about these animals, too. So, hooray, writers of the lesser-heard ofs!
*Books are available at our libraries or Amazon. Click on the authors or illustrators' names to learn more about these clever creators!
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