Animalogy: Animal Analogies

School Library Journal - December 2011

Use this rhyming book about animals with students to explain the concept of analogies. “Robin is to wing, as goldfish is to fin. Beaver is to build, as spider is to spin.” Body parts, size, sounds, actions, and animal classification are all included in the examples. Detailed and realistic illustrations give moose, bears, and frogs a ready-to-jump-off-the-page appearance. The lion and dog look ferocious, but fit the pairing of “Dog is to bark, as lion is to roar.” The final image shows a man reading Animalogy to children around a campfire with several animals from earlier pages in the background. Extensive activities are provided at the end of the book and online. The online activities feature cross-curricular lessons, learning games, and projects. This book makes learning about analogies, new vocabulary, and animals easy to understand and fun.–Nancy Baumann, University of Missouri-Columbia

Kirkus - July 2011

From the tiniest ants to the mightiest lions, animals of all sorts are compared by size, sound, way they move and how they are classified. Extensive backmatter encourages readers to further explore analogies with questions and activities that lead them to think creatively about the ways in which the animals were compared in the text. Morrison’s artwork is detailed and realistic, especially when it comes to the smaller species, each feather, fin and hair standing out in relief. It fills a niche that is otherwise almost empty.

Literary Classics - December 2011

Animalogy - Animal Analogies, written by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Cathy Morrison, is an educator's dream when it comes to teaching youngsters about analogies. Vibrant, expressive and beautiful full color images spring to life from the pages of this wonderfully illustrated picture book. Profoundly educational in its simplicity, Animology offers many easy-to-comprehend examples of analogies as they relate to animals, such as..."Ant is to tiny, as hippo is to big." In addition, the educational section in the back provides cross-curricular teaching activities, interactive quizzes and more. Animalogy - Animal Analogies, would make an excellent addition to any P-3 teacher's academic library.  We highly recommend this book, which has earned our Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Science Books and Film - May 2012

Animalogy: Animal Analogies by Marianne Berkes is a delightful children’s book that is beautifully illustrated by Cathy Morrison. Some of the analogies presented are common sayings, while others are not; but all are accurate and serve to promote some thought. The illustrations themselves could be used to elicit further analogies from children, and an additional section at the end of the book provides numerous suggestions for teachers and/or parents to continue and expand on the information presented. The book appears to be intended for young (elementary) children, but most of the supplemental activities would be appropriate for middle and junior high students as well. The activities are open-ended and a creative teacher could carry the learning experience begun with the book far beyond the final analogy presented. I believe it would also be useful to assist with vocabulary development in ESOL classrooms for elementary through junior high levels. This is one of the most visually appealing and mind-stimulating books I have reviewed for SB&F. I highly recommend it for both school and home libraries.--Sharon D. Wenger, Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence, KS

Horn Book Magazine Reviews-May 2012

This animal-themed book introduces analogies: "Amphibian is to frog / as mammal is to moose." Whether illustrating verbs or nouns, the crisp language features accurate syntax, and rhymes on the alternate pages work well. Vivid illustrations of animals in natural settings are eye-catching. Six pages of learning activities based on information in the book are appended.

Library Media Connection-January 2012

This delightful picture book introduces the concept of analogy (how things relate to each other) as it applies to the animal kingdom.

Sentences are simple with a melodic rhyme, offering readers the opportunity to guess the final analogies in a set of four. The illustrator has shown a deep understanding of animals with great attention to detail. There are two analogies which were a bit fuzzy to me, but the creativity and excellent addendum more than make up for this slight shortcoming. Judyth Lessee, Librarian, Schutz American School, Alexandria, Egypt [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format and paperback. Additional resources are available on the publisher's website.] RECOMMENDED

Booktalking New York Public Library - March 2014

Feathery chicks, furry bears. Beavers build, and spiders spin. Frogs are amphibians, and moose are mammals. Robins have wings, and goldfish have fins. Ants are tiny, and hippos are big. There is much dichotomy in the animal world, and this book helps kids learn about the differences between animals and the great variety that exists in nature.
The illustrations are gorgeous, intricate, and filled with amazing detail. This visually stunning book is quite naturalistic.

Learning Table - June 2012

Teaching critical thinking skills begins early, and Animalogy:  Animal Analogies by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Cathy Morrison, is a fun way to introduce analogies to young kids.  Sylvan-Dell publishes some of the finest books on the market for both classroom and home reading.  Animalogy will keep kids interested and intrigued as they study the beautifully detailed illustrations of animals, insects, fish, birds, and reptiles in their natural habitats.  Learning analogies will help teach them to think critically, compare and contrast, and classify.

The back section of the book "For Creative Minds" explores analogies further and provides more practice working with them as well as more activities doing animal classification.  Kids will learn about many animal features such as body parts, size, sounds, actions, and skin coverings.  This book cleverly incorporates language arts, science, and nature study flawlessly.  Lots of new vocabulary is introduced as well.

Books 4 Learning - March 2012

Youngsters have the opportunity to discover the connections within the analogies and to practice creating their own using similar patterns.  In addition, each pair (as exemplified above) of analogies ends in rhyme.  Children can identify the rhyming words and brainstorm other related ones. 

CathyMorrison, illustrator, depicts her subjects in minute detail—whether it is the fins on a goldfish or the hairs on a spider’s legs.  Every living thing is beautifully portrayed in its natural habitat.  Readers catch a glimpse of the African savannah, rocky mountain terrain, dense forests, and much more!   Each page and comparison is a starting point for lively discussion and interaction between adult readers and child listeners.

I recommend Animalogyfor ages 4-9.  It is a excellent resource for teachers and parents.  For additional resources to extend student learning, visit the Arbordale website for a FREE full-color 48-page color teaching guide full of exciting and educational ideas.

Book Loons - September 2011

Only a few words per page, told in soothing rhythms, creates this one-of-kind picture book. Although Animalogy is recommended for children from four to eight, younger and older children will also enjoy it. The detailed illustrations are beautiful and accurate.

Home School Book Review - October 2011

Animalogy has large, colorful, life-like paintings by illustrator Cathy Morrison, but it is more than just a picture book.  It’s intended to be both a fun-to-read story and a launching pad for learning, either in the classroom or at home.  Of course, there is a wealth of information about the different animals that can lead to further discussion, but there is also the added benefit of introducing the concept of analogy.

San Francisco Book Review - November 2011

Animals galore, vividly portrayed in realistic settings, will catch the eye of the young reader. The rhyming analogies will bend the ear and cause the tongue to laughingly repeat the rhythmic words. Written by a retired teacher and librarian, Marianne Berkes seeks to enhance the children’s lexicon, sharpen their comparison skills, and make them aware of animals, their sizes, body parts, behavior, and classification. Large and colorful, this is a book that is fun to read and look at, while also enriching language skills and observational proficiency.

Colorado Country Life - November 2011

Author Marianne Berkes compares animals’ habits and characteristics in simple sentences to help children recognize sameness and difference, while Colorado illustrator Cathy Morrison uses detailed artwork for visual influence.

NC Teacher Stuff - September 2011

I never thought about introducing analogies to young children until I read Animalogy. This book is full of analogies that will stir critical thinking in your classroom. Beaver is to build, as spider is to spin. I read this analogy and thought about other things that animals build. That helped me create this analogy: Nest is to bird, as den is to fox. Each analogy can take you in several directions. Some of these analogies would be very helpful in trying to teach general vs. specific to older students. Other analogies will prompt you to think about classifying and using graphic organizers. Each two page spread is accompanied by gorgeous illustrations that will keep young students engaged.

Just Another New Blog - October 2011

My kids and I are big fans of Arbordale Publishing. They offer books that are fun, educational, and beautifully illustrated. Animalogy is no exception. This book provides a great opportunity to teach young children about analogies. Thanks to Animalogy, my daughter got the hang of it quickly. We even made analogies into a game - a wonderful way to pass the time when we are driving to and from errands and after-school activities.

The illustrations are wonderfully vivid and detailed. At the end of Animalogy, there is a section For Creative Minds: six pages of additional information and discussion points about animals and analogies. Even parents may learn a thing or two - or remember what they used to know - about animal classification.

Just Our Thoughts - September 2011

So simple, yet teaches so much.  Simple discussion of pictures and words open a world of discovery for my children.  The illustrations are incredible.  So much to see that you don’t catch it all the first time.   Great attention to detail.  Beautiful colors.  Arbordaleoffers many pages of free teaching content on their website that I plan to take advantage of in my homeschool.

Reader Views Kids, Cayden (Age 7) - September 2011

"Animalogy: Animal Analogies" is about analogies.  I didn’t know what these were before I read the book.  One of them that they say is, for a robin, they have a wing, and a fish has a fin.  They take things from different animals and show how they are like each other.  That is what an analogy is. "Animalogy: Animal Analogies" is a good learning book about animals and analogies.  I like the part at the end when they say to think of analogies and they give you things to use in the ones you make.

Reading to Know - August 2011

The illustrations by Cathy Morrison made this book his and my favorite simply to look at. The hippo on the front cover had his IMMEDIATE attention when I opened the package of books. Apparently Morrison began her career in art in animation which explains why all of her paintings make the animals look like they are in motion. Beautiful work!

Feathered Quill Book Reviews - August 2011

I still have a memory of a time in first grade (a looooong time ago) when our class was learning about analogies. I just didn’t get it. Try as she might, our teacher couldn’t get the concept through my thick head. I even had to stay after school so she could give me some extra one-on-one time. Fortunately, I did finally grasp the concept and move on to bigger and better things. But gosh, I sure wish I had Arbordale’s new book, Animalogy to help me through that time.

Taking Time for Mommy - August 2011

My girls are 5 & 7 and both loved this book. The illustrations held their attention they loved learning to analogies to tell their daddy when he got home. Most of you already know I homeschool them and I was THRILLED when I saw the back of the book. It has an entire section for Creative Minds. The girls learned Animal Classification,analogies, and the girls had to look up answers to questions in the back of the book. This is the kind of learning we love, it’s FUN! They remembered everything because they really enjoyed their school lesson. I highly recommend ArbordalePublishing books and you can even download the ebook version for your computer.

Heck of a Bunch - August 2011

There are animals and species of all kinds represented in Animalogy: Animal Analogies. The book is a very quick read with analogies on diverse groups of animals. The illustrations are gorgeous and the last page in the book is a sweet surprise. The "For Creative Minds" section of the book explains and has questions about analogies and there's a learning section on animal classification.

Mom of Three Dolls - August 2011

I thought the book could actually be aimed for kids around 2-3 years old also. It was simple and fun to read with words that your kids could learn if you read it often enough like amphibian and mammal. Each pages was filled with beautiful, colorful pictures of the animals. The Creative Minds and other activities would be perfect for the 4 and up group. It's a fun and educational way to read the book to my kids!