Animalia is the first book that I recall my son poring over. He’s an animal lover and has an eye for fine detail – Animalia could have been written just for him. A new edition of this classic has just been published for toddlers – a scaled down, simpler version of the original, yet retaining all of its appeal.
For each letter of the alphabet, young readers search for just four hidden elements in each picture – an apple, an accordian, an acorn and an ant in the opening illustration – “An armoured armadillo avoiding an angry alligator” and so on through to the final picture of zany zebras and the hidden zipper, zodiac, zeppelin and zither.
Of course, keen observers will spot all sorts of other things beginning with each letter in the illustrations, which is the enduring fun of this book.
My First Animalia is suitable for children aged one year and over. It can be found at all good bookstores and online directly from the publisher, Penguin.