ABC Menagerie by M.H. Clark & Elena Targiori
Recently my parents sent us (re: Hattie) a little gift in the mail. I had a hunch it might be a book, but I was pleasantly surprise to see that it was one I was not expecting. In fact, one that I had never heard of.
ABC Menagerie (published by Compendium Kids) is a lovely book written by MH Clark with sculptures by Elena Targiori. The inventive rhymes coupled with the original pictures offer a fun change from the classic “A,B,C” book and will engage children and adults alike.
The photographs of Targiori’s adorable felt animals are a singular touch as each animal incorporates some strange and unique feature (e.g., Jesenia the Jaguar’s spots are trying to escape). Kids will certainly be delighted by each creature’s interesting characteristics.
Another great feature of this book is that it includes a “glossary” that provides a description of where the real animals comes from and some basic information about them. I, for one, did not know that there was such a thing as an umbrellabird, and that it lives in Central and South American rainforests! Hattie’s favorite animal is Wava the Walrus who has some balloons tied to her tail.
I have really enjoyed reading this to Hattie — breaking into it a few times on the fly just to get some fun rhymes out there, which she (I think) enjoys. Of course, it could be the mesmerizing fan above me.