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Children's Nonfiction Opposites

Kids Do, Animals Too

A Book of Playground Opposites

illustrated by Nora Hilb

by (author) Debora Pearson

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2005
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

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Opposites are everywhere in our world. Spend a day at the park and you’re sure to spot busy kids and active animals acting out opposites pairs wherever you look.

There, on the slide: Sam goes up as Hiroko zips down. And there, in the tree: one squirrel climbs up and another scurries down. Not far away, Daddy is quiet but Simon is LOUD while a mother bird is silent as she feeds her chirping babies.

Jump in to Kids Do, Animals Too and check out ten pairs of opposites. Each pair features people and a different animal, including:

• fast, slow – dogs
• in, out – mice
• up, down – squirrels
• on, off – frogs
• ahead, behind – ants
• quiet, loud – birds
• under, over – spiders
• wet, dry – ducks
• toward, away – butterflies
• asleep, awake – squirrels, bats

Nora Hilb’s softly colored artwork features familiar park settings and includes look-and-find details that cleverly connect each active scene. Meanwhile, Debora Pearson’s aptly crafted language keeps the action moving and the learning fun. A playful way for kids to learn actions, animals, and opposites.

About the authors

Nora Hilb was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1953. As a child, she loved drawing more than anything else, though she never imagined it would become her profession. Because Nora’s parents were both from Germany, she grew up speaking German, later learning Spanish and English. Young Nora would find inspiration for her pictures in her favorite books, such as Die Wurzelkinder (which is German for The Children of the Roots), several wonderfully illustrated fairy tales (which she read over and over again), and collections of poems and songs by Argentina’s best-known author, María Elena Walsh. Later, she fell in love with the mysteries of Enid Blyton, though she read them in German.After high school, Nora studied to be a kindergarten teacher. Her desire to create, however, remained strong, and she eventually found work drawing for a small company that produced animated films for children. She also met her future husband there. They fled Argentina in 1976 in the wake of

Nora Hilb's profile page

Deborah Pearson, a former children's librarian for the Toronto Public Library, is an award-winning author and editor. She lives in Toronto.

Debora Pearson's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“The concepts of slow and fast, in and out, up and down, on and off, among others, are explored in word and gentle watercolors in this book.” —Globe and Mail, 11/05

“... an excellent introduction to the idea of opposites for very young children. Parents, grandparents, librarians and early childhood educators will find this a positive addition to their bookshelves.”—Resource Links, 02/06

Librarian Reviews

Kids Do, Animals Too: A Book of Playground Opposites

An innovative opposites book that matches children’s actions with animals’ activities, all at the playground.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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