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Animalogy, Animal Analogies

Compare and contrast different animals through predictable, rhyming analogies. Find the similarities between even the most incompatible animals..."bat is to flit as eagle is to soar; dog is bark as lion is to roar." Comparisons include sounds, physical adaptations, behaviors, and animal classes and are such fun that readers learn without realizing it!

Beautiful animal illustrations on every page by Cathy Morrison ( or read her blog at by a FOR CREATIVE MINDS section which includes the following activities:

Body parts, size, actions, skin covering
Animal Classifications:
mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects.

PLUS cross-curricular "Teaching Activities" and three interactive Reading Comprehension and Math Quizzes on "Animalogy's" home page ( that can be downloaded to help parents and educators extend the learning possibilities. Just click on to the cover of "Animalogy" on Sylvan Dell's home page, and you will also see Alignment to Science & Math Standards, as well as an Author Interview.

Thanks to Loran Wiodarski, Science Writer at SeaWorld Orlando, for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2011
2012 Silver Medalist Independent Publishers Award
2013 Teachers' Chopice Award for Children's Books
2011 Kansas NEA Reading Circle Catalog
2012 Independent Publisher Book Award -Children's Picture Book Category

Review in School Library Journal
BERKES, Marianne. Animalogy: Animal Analogies. illus. by Cathy Morrison. unpaged. charts. Web sites. CIP. Sylvan Dell. 2011. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-60718-127-9; pap. $8.95. ISBN 978-1-60718-137-8; ebook $9.95. ISBN 978-1-60718-147-7. LC 2011006510.
PreS-Gr 4–Use this rhyming book about animals with students to explain the concept of analogies. “Robin is to wing, as goldfish is to fin. Beaver is to build, as spider is to spin.” Body parts, size, sounds, actions, and animal classification are all included in the examples. Detailed and realistic illustrations give moose, bears, and frogs a ready-to-jump-off-the-page appearance. The lion and dog look ferocious, but fit the pairing of “Dog is to bark, as lion is to roar.” The final image shows a man reading Animalogy to children around a campfire with several animals from earlier pages in the background. Extensive activities are provided at the end of the book and online. The online activities feature cross-curricular lessons, learning games, and projects. This book makes learning about analogies, new vocabulary, and animals easy to understand and fun.–Nancy Baumann, University of Missouri-Columbia"

Literary Classics Seal of Approval Animalogy - Animal Analogies, written by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Cathy Morrison, is an educator's dream when it comes to teaching youngsters about analogies. Vibrant, expressive and beautiful full color images spring to life from the pages of this wonderfully illustrated picture book.
Profoundly educational in its simplicity, Animalogy offers many easy-to-comprehend examples of analogies as they relate to animals, such as..."Ant is to tiny, as hippo is to big."
In addition, the educational section in the back provides cross-curricular teaching activities, interactive quizzes and more.
Animalogy - Animal Analogies, would make an excellent addition to any P-3 teacher's academic library. We highly recommend this book, which has earned our Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Science Books and Film - May 2012
Animalogy: Animal Analogies by Marianne Berkes is a delightful children’s book that is beautifully illustrated by Cathy Morrison. Some of the analogies presented are common sayings, while others are not; but all are accurate and serve to promote some thought. The illustrations themselves could be used to elicit further analogies from children, and an additional section at the end of the book provides numerous suggestions for teachers and/or parents to continue and expand on the information presented. The book appears to be intended for young (elementary) children, but most of the supplemental activities would be appropriate for middle and junior high students as well. The activities are open-ended and a creative teacher could carry the learning experience begun with the book far beyond the final analogy presented. I believe it would also be useful to assist with vocabulary development in ESOL classrooms for elementary through junior high levels. This is one of the most visually appealing and mind-stimulating books I have reviewed for SB&F. I highly recommend it for both school and home libraries.--Sharon D. Wenger, Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence, KS

San Francisco Book Review: "Animals galore, vividly portrayed in realistic setting, will catch tht eye of the young reader. The rhyming analogies will end the ear and cause the tongue to laughingly repeat the rhythmic words. Written by a retired teacher and librarian, Marianne Berkes seeks to enhance the children's lexicon, sharpen their comparison skills, and make them aware of animals, their sizes, body parts, behavior and classification.
Some of the animals include the tiny ant, the soaring eagle, barking dogs, roraring lions, croaking frogs and many more. One analogy contrasting size juxtaposes on facing pages the observation that"the any is to tiny-- as hippo is to big." The book emphasizes structure by comparing the wing of a robin to the fin of a goldfish, while classification is introduced by labeling the frog as an amphibian while the mooose is a mammal. Large qand colorful, this is a book that is fun to read and look at, while also enriching language skills and observational proficiency. In addition, six pages of learning activities are included at the end of the book. For the beginning reader, this is a fun way to learn."