Readers will be swept along with Rama and Raja, two Indian elephants as they travel between mountains, behind waterfalls, and across the seas in Kathi Appelt’s simple, clever story. Bold illustrations and a tale told in prepositions add up to a great balloon adventure sure to delight young children.
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Kathi Appelt is the author of many books for children and young adults, including When Otis Courted Mama, illustrated by Jill McElmurry; Oh My Baby, Little One, illustrated by Jane Dyer; and the story collection Kissing Tennessee. Her novel The Underneath was a Newbery Honor book and a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Texas. www.kathiappelt.com
Keith Baker has written and illustrated many well-loved picture books and early chapter books, including several about the charming and lovable Mr. and Mrs. Green. Two of his best-known picture books, Hide and Snake and Who Is the Beast?, are about animals. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Ages 6-8. This appealing concept book should find a welcome home in classrooms studying prepositions. The text is limited almost exclusively to the prepositions themselves, as the lush, textured acrylic illustrations follow the hot-air balloon journey of two young elephants. Invited to Africa to visit their aunt, Rama, Raja, and a prodigious load of luggage pile "in" the balloon's basket, soar "above" and "beside" domes and minarets, "through" the clouds, "behind" a waterfall, "across" the ocean, until they reach their destination and run "into" the arms of Auntie Rwanda. Readers will easily supply the object to each printed preposition, and even pre-readers will often be able to identify the preposition from the broad visual clues. Although the journey is fanciful, Baker has distinguished Asian and African settings through architectural and environmental details and has differentiated Asian and African elephants by ear shape. A tendency for important figures to fall into the seam is occasionally distracting, but not a major problem in a book whose large size makes this useful for classroom presentations. Elizabeth Bush
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11015225384X
Book Description Harcourt Children's Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 015225384X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0860387