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*Carnivores* by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat
 
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Carnivores
by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat
Ages 3-8 40 pages Chronicle August 2013 Hardcover    

Carnivores is high on my list of favorite read-aloud books.

Lion, Great White Shark and Timber Wolf are ostracized by the other animals because of their bad reputations. Grown tired of name-calling and rejection, they agree to alter their eating habits to become vegetarians. When their attempt to blend in leaves them looking foolish and feeling hungry, a wise old owl convinces them to face the truth: they are meat-eaters, and they should be proud of it.

I found myself reading this story very slowly because I didnít want to miss any of the humor in the writing or in the illustrations. After I was finished the book, I went back and re-read it three timesóI liked it that much.

Reynolds (Creepy Carrots) and Santatís (The Adventures of Nanny Piggins) story has a refreshing, unique take on self-acceptance. Plus, they remind us itís cool to be different.
 


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