My Bibi Always Remembers
Written by Toni Buzzeo
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Hyperion Children’s Books, 2014
Picture Book, 32 pages
Kindle ebook ASIN: B01N3QMI0M
Google Play ISBN: 978-1-36800-499-2
Awards & Good Things
- A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book
Little Tembo, a baby elephant, is thirsty and her herd cannot find any water. But Bibi, the matriarch, “remembers the way to wet.” As Bibi leads them across the parched savannah, Tembo happily follows, every now and then getting distracted by her own memories of games she loves to play. Deftly combining dramatic and reassuring moments and illustrated with lush images based on African elephant life, this book is sure to become a read-aloud favorite for children, parents, and grandparents.
“Tembo is childlike and appealing, but all her actions are also consistent with elephant behavior as explained in an author’s note describing the dynamics of elephant family groups. Wohnoutka’s lovely illustrations, in tans, purples and grays, convey the vastness of the setting, along with accurate depictions of the elephants and the other watchful animals. A gentle, loving picture of interaction among generations.”
“In both text and art, it’s a careful and effective balance of anthropomorphic warmth and real-world animal behavior.”
“With its catchy rhythm and finely crafted text and art, this book is perfect for group sharing.”
“Buzzeo’s lyrical text begs to be performed. Wohnoutka’s appealing artwork conveys the details of elephant behavior and reassures listeners that Tembo is well protected. An author’s note clarifies pachyderm social structures.”
“Once again, Buzzeo and Wohnoutka manage a lively fictional tale that stealthily conveys a surprising amount of fact about animal behavior, while the careful structure, lilting patterning, and occasional elephantine sound effects make this an excellent read-a-loud candidate.”
“This attractively illustrated picture book portrays the adventures of Tembo, a baby elephant, as she accompanies her female relatives to ‘the wet.’ The story is a tribute to grandmothers while providing readers with some interesting information about elephant behavior. The illustrations of the African savannah provide detail, while the anthropomorphic expressions of the animals are appealing. Young readers will enjoy this tender story.”
Downloadable Activity Sheets
’Visit Toni Buzzeo’s website for an extensive set of downloadable materials including: Common Core Teaching Guide, Common Core Discussion and Activity Guide, Teaching Guide, Reader’s Theater Script, and Six Trait Writing Guide.
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