Review: Animal Fair

Posted on October 3, 2012

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Animal Fair
Adapted and illustrated by Ponder Goembel
Pinwheel Books
March 2010
24 pages

Animal Fair is a popular, old song believed to be sung by American sailors as long ago as 1898. Life magazine called it a cadence of soft shoe tap dancing in 1941. Burl Ives, Barney, Captain Kangaroo, and many more have sung different versions of the song over the years. Ponder Goembel’s adaptation of Animal Fair is not about the music. It’s all about the dazzling and entertaining illustrations. The words can be sung or simply read. The classic lyrics to Animal Fair include a monkey, a baboon, and an elephant. Goembel has added the talents of seals, kangaroos, toucans, chimps, bears, parrots, and skunks to the mix for a rollicking good time at the fair. The spectacular illustrations alone are worth the price of admission.

Copyright (c) 2012 by Peggy Tibbetts

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