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Animals on Parade: Favourite Rhymes from Chirp Magazine    by Chirp order for
Animals on Parade
by Chirp
Order:  USA  Can
Owl, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Animals on Parade is a collection of twenty-one kids' verses, from old favorites by Mother Goose to contemporary poems - all previously published in Chirp Magazine. Bright, cheerful illustrations by a variety of artists enliven the parade through these rhythmic pages.

It begins on a high note with Sheree Fitch's Thinking Happy Thoughts (about things like puddle splashing and a chocolate lab) and ends on a dry one, with a camel in Deb Loughead's A Sunny Land. Some of my favorites are Dennis Lee's The Dinosaur Dinner (the waiter is a T-Rex), Gwen Molnar's Going Up? (about life in a high rise), and Joanna Harvey's Snowflakes ('Try to catch them with my tongue, / Snowflakes falling one by one.')

Enjoy this sweet, lyrical compilation, that's full of happy thoughts, sunny days and rainy nights, stars and fireflies - and a big dose of imagination.

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