Young children will love this adventure to the inside of a snake. Good read-aloud!
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree
Story by Daniel Bernstrom; pictures by Brandan Wenzel
Katherine Tegen Books, 2016
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
Picture book, fiction
Interest level: PreK-grade 1; reading level: 1.4
4 out of 5 stars
This story reads like a combination of a cumulative tale–“There Was an Old Lady”–and a folktale. A boy with a “whirly-twirly toy” is skipping along in the shade of a eucalyptus tree when he is gobbled up by a giant snake. The boy, still holding his toy, is actually unconcerned by this turn of events and uses his cunning to convince the snake to keep eating other animals that can be found in the eucalyptus tree. All the animals that end up in the snakes belly appear to be having a pretty good time, until the snake eats one last apple and ends up burping out the entire menagerie.
Brendan Wenzel’s illustrations are colorful and full of wide-eyed animals. Bernstrom uses fun and descriptive language, and the repetitive use of the word “eucalyptus” makes the text a delight to hear out loud. If you are going to use this book for a read-aloud experience, you will definitely want to practice a couple times first. It is easy to get tongue-tied!