Yaks Yak, Animal Word Pairs
by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
Clarion Books, 2016
A perfect way to introduce children to new animals while expanding their vocabulary. Each page spread provides a new animal doing what it name suggests: “Yaks yak”, “Bugs bug bugs” and “Flounders flounder.” Once readers understand how it works, it’s truly irresistible for them to turn the page to see what animal and verb pair is next. Included in the often humorous illustration is a short verb definition. An afterward provides a fuller definition, including word origin. Loose drawings, rendered in watercolor and pen, illustrate each word pair in a light, fun way. The last word pair is a surprise, you’ll have to read it to find out!