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Busy Bodies: Play Like the Animals

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Busy Bodies: Play Like the Animals

David & Zora Aiken . Illustrated by David Aiken

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Age level: Picture Book: Ages 0-6


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Encourage children to get outside for some fresh air and exercise with this fun, illustrated book introducing the various ways that animals move about. Children often mimic the actions of their own pets; Busy Bodies expands that tendency, inviting children to pretend to be animals and hop, run, or leap like rabbits, deer, or frogs. They’ll exert a lot of energy and get healthy playful exercise with thirteen different animal actions. But it’s not just about exercising the body and the imagination; children will learn new words too, as each new animal introduces a new motion. Each activity is illustrated on a double-page spread, and a short rhyme provides just enough description to get the children started. The fun doesn’t end with the last page. Rather, the book encourages children to explore more animal actions and invent endless and active games to play. Picture book–ages 0-6.

Size: 9 1/8″ x 8 1/8″ | 32 color illustrations | 32 pp
ISBN13: 9780764338328 | Binding: hard cover


David and Zora Aiken have collaborated on seven books, including two for children. They live on a sailboat and meander along coastal and inland waterways gathering material for their work.