Day 37 – Rumble in the Jungle


Less a storybook than it is a collection of short poems, “Rumble in the Jungle” by Giles Andreae is a fabulous read-aloud selection. rumbleThere are poems about snakes, zebras, giraffes, leopards, elephants, and many other jungle animals – each one with just the right amount of silly: elephants are “big and fat and round” and “just elephing around”…the zebra has “stripes, which his lady friend likes”, and the crocodile enjoys watching the animals at the river “for a minute or two” and “can’t resist chomping a few”.

The pages in the paperback version we have were large enough to allow everyone to get a good look at the colorful illustrations, even from a distance. Switching from one animal to another on each page also presented the opportunity to use a variety of silly voices, something which I think helped to keep our youngest listener (and our reader) fully engaged.

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