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Jumping Penguins

Tolman, Marije (Author/Illustrator)
Goossens, Jesse (Author)
Lemniscaat 2013. 60 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781935954323 (hardcover)
Original language: Dutch
Dewey: 590
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Sometimes fact really is stranger than fiction. In this beautiful animal picture book, information on 27 creatures is presented through whimsically painted illustrations and a series of curious facts. We learn that “a flamingo gets its pink color from eating shrimp,” “polar bears are left-handed” and “a sloth moves so slowly that green algae grows on its fur.” Delightful information and fantastical images highlight these wonders of the natural world.

From turtle to marabou, bison to blue whale, the animals covered in this edition are linked by the unusual and offbeat facts that make one creature as surprising as the next. Text is sparse, but packs a punch: “A giraffe has no vocal cords;” the pupil of the giant octopus is rectangular and “it has three hearts.”

Mixed-media painted illustrations dominate the pages, with their quirky, colourful visuals central to the facts they accompany. We see a hippopotamus under water and a seven-year-old girl standing inside it and learn that a child of this age can fit inside its rib cage. A mouse doctor bandages the fragile legs of a bat, as its bones are “so thin that it cannot stand on them.” And as the title suggests, penguins can launch themselves six feet in the air.

This marvellous volume will instill a sense of wonder regarding our animal companions. A simple glossary at the back lists the animals in alphabetical order.

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    What do you observe on the front cover? Brainstorm and list possible titles for this book.

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    Browse the book, noticing the unusual structure and features. Set a purpose for reading, such as for entertainment or to learn new facts. Decide on how you will read the book to meet your reading purpose. For example, will you read from start to finish or only the pages that interest you?

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    Invent titles for some of the pages.

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    Invent some awards for the animals featured in the book: Most Disgusting, Funniest or Cutest animal.

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    What do you observe on the book cover? As a class, brainstorm and list possible titles for this book.

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    Look at each picture and listen to the text as it is read aloud. Discuss how the picture does or does not match the text.

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    Invent titles for some of the pages.

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    In small groups, discuss which animal facts you find most interesting, unusual, wild, etc. Research other animals. Draw and write your own strange-but-real fact. Create an awards ceremony for some of the animals.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology