Catherine and Laurence Anholt's Big Book of Families by Catherine Anholt

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Poems, letters, and illustrations celebrate the entire family, including grandmothers fathers, sisters, and brothers.
 

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Catherine Anholt began as nurse, but decided that she liked art too much not to pursue it. She attended Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall, England, where she met her husband and partner, Laurence Anholt. She earned her Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art in London. The first books the husband and wife team published were about a small pig called Truffles, in 1983 for their oldest daughter, Claire. Laurence writes all of their books and Catherine has illustrated about half of them. Their work has won many awards, including the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award, the Kids' Club Network Award, the Right Start Toy and Book Award three times, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award twice, the English Association Four to Eleven Awards twice, the US Children's Media Award and the CCBC Choices 2001 twice. They have over 70 children's titles in print. Laurence Anholt spent his early childhood in Holland where he developed a passion for Art. Before he attended school for his passion, Anholt worked as a Hotel-Night-Receptionist, a Carpenter, a Schoolteacher and an Art Lecturer, among various other odd jobs. Anholt studied painting for eight years and earned a Master's Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London. He met his wife and partner Catherine at the Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall. The first books the husband and wife team published were about a small pig called Truffles, in 1983 for their oldest daughter, Claire. Laurence writes all of their books and Catherine has illustrated about half of them. Laurence also illustrates his own books, in particular the bestselling series about great artists. Their work has won many awards, including the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award, the Kids' Club Network Award, the Right Start Toy and Book Award three times, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award twice, the English Association Four to Eleven Awards twice, the US Children's Media Award and the CCBC Choices 2001 twice. They have over 70 children's titles in print. Anholt is also a public speaker and has made appearances at the European Council of International Schools Conference, The UK's Northern Children's Book Festival, the Cheltenham Festival, the Edinburgh Festival and the Hay-on-Wye Festival. He also helped to judge the prestigious Nestlé Smarties Award.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by Walker Books Ltd. 25 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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After Dad reads them the story of Noah's Ark, Minnie and Max are off to bed, along the way pretending to be a pair of one kind of animal after another.

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In spritely verse and lively pen-and-watercolor illustrations, an exuberant survey of kids' diversity: ``Slow kids, quick kids, healthy kids, sick kids/Smooth kids, hairy kids, cute kids, scary kids.'' The contents of a typical pocket;

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The adventures are whisked through rather than developed, and the conclusion (``perhaps books aren't boring after all,'' muses the sister) falls a little flat, but tots will enjoy identifying favorite characters, especially in the lighthearted illustrations.

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This enchanting story about a city boy who goes to visit Grandad on the farm teaches children about the concept of “home,” showing that while each person’s (or animal’s) home might be different, each is special and precious to its inhabitants.

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Simian twins Chimp and Zee return, bounding out of bed and into a birthday mini-adventure.

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The best descriptions are the ones that make poetic leaps, e.g., this exultation of a clothesline: “Skirts and shirts and dressing gowns—/The wind begins to blow—/They’re like a family upside down,/Dancing in a row!” Another page lists verbs such as “bathe,” “chatter,” “hurry,” and “play,” accomp...

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The mischievous monkeys return in Chimp and Zee and the Big Storm by Laurence Anholt, illus.

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The creators of Sophie and the New Baby and Harry's Home offer a decidedly old-fashioned but surely toddler-pleasing tale with this oversize volume starring two mischievous monkey siblings.

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Monkey business ensues in two new Chimp and Zee board books by Catherine and Laurence Anholt.

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We can't just put him away like your rag doll."" But just as winter changes to spring, so do Sophie's feelings alter toward her brother, and at book's end, she pushes his stroller through a blossoming wood, eagerly anticipating ""a whole new year."" Laurence Anholt's calm narrative voice and Cath...

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Gathering another quintet of previously published books, Catherine and Laurence Anholt's Big Book of Little Children by the husband-and-wife team, adapts material from books published between 1991 and 1998.

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What I Like) capture the many moods and dynamics of families from a child's point of view, via verses grouped in themed spreads with headers such as ""Where do families live?"" ""Brothers and Sisters"" and ""Noise."" Observations on siblings, parents, grandparents and other relatives fly freely h...

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Interest is heightened by the original placement of the text: For example, a single poem is centered on a page with a wide, colorfully detailed border, while the facing page displays three separate poems sparingly illustrated.

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