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Imagine Hardcover – 1 Jun 2008

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; mini edition edition (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741752671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741752670
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 0.8 x 11.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lester's watercolour illustrations and words capture the richness and wonders of being a child, and kids will love the enchanting scenarios she creates. --Weekend Herald (Auckland)1/9/07 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alison Lester is the well-known creator of many popular and award-winning children's books, many of which reflect her own country childhood. Her picture books include Magic Beach, Imagine, My Farm, Alison Lester's abc, and Yikes! She has written four Bonnie and Sam novels (illustrated by Roland Harvey) and two novels for older children, The Quicksand Pony and The Snow Pony


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Imagine if we were deep in the jungle where butterflies drift and jaguars prowl where parakeets squawk and wild monkeys howl . . . Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book by Alison Lester shows 2 children in a variety of make believe games (jungle, ocean, farm, African bush, Australian bush etc). Each scene begins with an introduction: "Imagine if we were like fish in the ocean where anemones wave and hammerheads glide where seahorses rock and hermit crabs hide..." You then turn the page to and see the children surrounded by animals from that theme.
My son loves to identify all the animals and now knows animals such as: okapi, impala, caribou, hyena, jackal, water cavy. Fortunately for parents there is a key at the back that tells you what each animal is. He will sit for 20 minutes looking at this book by himself - an eternity for a 2 year old!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book.

It presents a series of scenes - jungle, savannah, polar regions, bush, farm, ocean, prehistory - with a range of charmingly and skilfully drawn animals. Some are more familiar than others, and unless you're David Attenborough you probably won't know all of them, but that makes it more interesting, and there's a key at the back if you don't yet know your quoll from your possum. I have two, now adult, children who grew up in Australia, where this book is now an acknowledged classic; and another, not yet at primary school, growing up in Kent; all of them have loved it. Be warned that as with all popular books you may be asked to look at it many, many times. But with this one, that is not too much of an ordeal.

(NB the edition referred to is the full size one)
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By L. Hooper on 10 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a lovely, colourful book for children to look at, discuss and spot new animals each time they look at the pictures. It explores the familiar and unfamiliar - I especially love the Rainforest and Safari pages! I have used this with groups and classes in Foundation Phase and KS2 to capture children's imaginations, especially for geography, science and art. It also went down well when I used Deadly 60 clips to go with the pictures so the children could learn more about some of the creatures relating to our topic :)
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This has been the biggest hit with all children from five to three to one. An absolute winner. Will be buying more copies.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A thought-provoking,exploratory bookof creatures in habitats 3 Feb. 1999
By DENLW@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for primary classrooms. Children will pick up this book over and over again. Two children visit several habitats around the world and explore the animals that live there. Example: prehistoric times, ocean, Alaska, jungle, etc. The pictures are realistic, promote verbal interaction, animal identification, and they fill the entire page. The border of the page lists every animal in the picture for readers. In the back you will find a blackline of every page depicting the name of each animal too. This book will be handled over and over again. Buy two!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
To pore over 1 May 2000
By saliero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One to pore over - adult and child, or children together. As well as utilising the concept of chilhood imagination, it is one of the well-loved genre of searching for animals.
The linking pieces are beautifully written - poetic. These are followed by double-page spreads of a variety of environments where the reader is invited to search for the creatures. At the end black and white illustrations provide a key to each picture.
Recommended highly.
A perfect gift for young children 12 Jan. 2008
By Rooby Roo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This beautifully illustrated book follows the adventures of two children on imaginary journeys to exotic places such as the rainforest, the ocean, the polar regions, the African savannah, etc. where they encounter the animals that live there. They even take a trip back in time, when dinosaurs & other prehistoric creatures inhabited the earth.

I feel that every time we pick up this book, my children (aged 2 & 3) and I go on a new & exciting adventure. They have learned so much about natural history & geography from our discussions about the animals & places featured. This is all inspired by their own curiosity & it never feels like I'm trying to 'teach' them.

We were given our copy of 'Imagine' by a friend & now regularly buy it as a birthday gift for other children.
Want to take a trip? 14 Jan. 2007
By K. Lanningham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An excursion of the mind is the best journey for a child. Several llustrations are presented of children engaged in imaginary travels around the world and the animals they "see". After each pretend scenario, the following 2 pages are beautifully detailed drawings of the habitats and animals that really live in that environment. "Imagine if we were deep in the jungle..." This is a wonderfully stimulating picture book to excite the mind and arouse the imagination. It is a great introduction to Australia, the ocean, the arctic and other places where many animals live including dinosaurs. Children can mentally explore the world and find home to be a great place to imagine also.
Hours and Hours of exploring! 31 Dec. 2011
By andy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am not sure who bought this book for my 2 year old daughter, but she loves to look at the pictures of all the different animals (birds, mammals, fish, etc) and figuring them out. She really understands to go the back of the book to locate an animal we don't know to learn its name.
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