Welcome to Birmingham Public Library's 2008 Summer Reading Program all about cute, icky, scary, beautiful, wacky and weird bugs!

Read the guidelines, register and get ready to get buggy.

And don't forget to send us your favorite photos. Your snapshot could be chosen as the favorite pic of the week.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Children's Book Review: Gallop! A Scanimation Picture Book (ages 4-8)

book covercan you soar like an eagle? whoosh-shoosh-glide!

can you swing like a chimp? swoop -swoop-slide!

Rufus Butler Seder's Gallop! is a magical book that shows children the movement of different animals. Flipping each page will start the next animal galloping, running, flying, swinging, or strutting. The menagerie of animals illustrated in the book are a horse; a rooster; a dog; a cat; an eagle; a chimp; a butterfly; a turtle; and ends with a twinkling star.

The procedure is called Scanimation, and was created by Seder, an artist with a fasciation for antique optical toys.

The recommended reading level is ages 4-8, but I can't imagine any baby or toddler who wouldn't be just as mesmerized by the animals' movements across the page.

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