“Tidings of magpies,
Ducks in a brace,
Elks in a gang, in a galloping race.”
This joy-filled romp through creation captures your child’s imagination with the silly-sounding (but true) names of animal groups. Rhythmic verse celebrates the wonder of God’s imagination displayed in his creatures–from a clutter of cats and a mischief of rats to an army of frogs and a drift of fat hogs.
Along with all the wild, wacky, and winsome animals, this rollicking adventure leads children to an unexpected encounter with a most unusual grouping, one that reveals God’s greatest artistry and creativity: a blessing of kids.
About the Author
Dandi Daley Mackall has published nearly 400 books for children and adults, with more than 3 million copies sold. A frequent guest on radio talk shows, Mackall has hosted more than 200 radio phone-in programs and made dozens of appearances on network television. A popular keynote speaker at conferences and Young Author events, Mackall lives in rural Ohio with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of animals.
David Hohn is an award-winning illustrator who graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked as both a staff artist and an art director for a children’s software company in Portland, Oregon, a position which culminated in his art direction of an award-winning project for Fisher-Price. Hohn’s recent projects include Lisa Tawn Bergren’s God Gave Us Christmas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The art is both funny and precious while the text is informative. The religious association is very faint (references to God on the first page and Genesis on the last), so this book is a perfect gift for any child without upsetting parents of separate religious beliefs. Each page illustrates the text perfectly and in detail - a gang of elk runs from the cops while rocking their gold-tipped antlers, a sleuth of bears investigates a crime at the campsite, and so many more! This is my new go-to gift, especially paired with a Douglas stuffed animal(bear, owl, lion, or hamster).