Meerkat Mail

Meerkat Mail Sunny the meerkat lives with his enormous family in the Kalahari desert One day Sunny goes to visit his mongoose cousins But from the watery world of the Marsh Mongoose to the nocturnal lifestyle of t

  • Title: Meerkat Mail
  • Author: Emily Gravett
  • ISBN: 9781405052153
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sunny the meerkat lives with his enormous family in the Kalahari desert One day Sunny goes to visit his mongoose cousins But from the watery world of the Marsh Mongoose to the nocturnal lifestyle of the Malagasy Mongoose, Sunny just doesn t fit in And what s that shadowy figure that seems to be following him around

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    2 thoughts on “Meerkat Mail

    1. Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestl Children s Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE S BIG BOOK OF FEARS An author illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON T BITE and AGAIN Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughter.

    2. I love meerkats and I love getting mail, so perhaps my expectations were a tad too high for this book as I didn't quite love it as much as I wanted to. Even so, I did thoroughly enjoy it. Here is the story of Sunny the Meerkat who lives in a desert in Africa where his family always does everything together--and sometimes he finds it just a bit too hot and too crowded so one day he decides to go on a trip to visit all his mongoose relatives around the world. He sends postcards home to his family [...]

    3. I loved the idea of this book. It's a story about a meerkat who gets tired of where he lives and travels to all his relatives homes and sends back postcards. There are lots of really good aspects to this book: the fun illustrations, the great "realistic" postcards, the information garnered from reading the descriptions from the postcards, the cute "postmarks" and the sweet ending. But, there were a few bummers: the writing wasn't always incredible (though it was good), and what bothered me the m [...]

    4. I really enjoyed the illustrations, pop outs and moral of this book. Sunny's comically naïve journey to find the perfect place starts and ends at home. This would be a lovely story to use while studying habitats and for pupils to write their own postcards. However, it is equally as brilliant to read for readings sake.

    5. This is an entertaining and humourous account of Sunny the Meerkat's journey to visit his relatives. Similar in content (if not in style) to the story Marsupial Sue Book and CD, the story explores the differences between the related animals. We liked learning about the various animals and their habitats and we loved reading the postcards. Overall, we really enjoyed reading this book together. This story was selected as one of the books for the August 2012 - Traveling reads at the Picture-Book Cl [...]

    6. What a beautifully illustrated tale of Sunny the Meerkat with wanderlust! We follow Sunny on his journey away from home and the animals and places he visits. On each page he writes a postcard describing where he is staying and what he is feeling and there are snippets of information about the animals he meets. The perfect story for dealing with homesickness and the moral is that there is no place like home. Gorgeous pictures - a feast on every page!

    7. This is an interesting book that is both funny and informative.Meerkat is restless. His family doesn't travel far and he wants to see more and do different things. He sets off on a journey, sending funny postcards back to his family. In the end he realizes home and his family are the best.The illustrations are fabulous.

    8. A charming new approach to early-years children’s literature.I picked out this book because it is quite unorthodox because the majority of the story is told through a series of pop-up post-cards from the travelling meerkat, Sunny, to his family. Sunny thinks his home is too hot in the Calamari Desert and that his family are too close. He is bored by the day to day life of look-out duty and dreams of a different, ‘perfect’ life. So he packs his bags and leaves to visit his mongoose relative [...]

    9. I loved this book it was entertaining, heart-warming and engaging. Sunny the meerkat is not happy in his meerkat home so goes to visit his cousins and uncles, who live in various places,in search of the perfect home. Sunny sends his family lots of postcards from all the different places he visits but none of them seem to suit him. Will Sunny ever find his perfect home?This book has good links for Geography for looking at different habitats and could get children thinking about features of their [...]

    10. Although Sunny loves his close-knit family of meerkats, sometimes it all just gets to be too much for him. There are too many relatives near by, and the desert is too hot. He decides to visit other relatives during the next week, and sends post cards telling how things are going. (The book contains actual postcards with messages written on them and facts about meerkats on the side.) As he endures too much rain, too much dark, and slimy food, he decides that there really is no place like home, an [...]

    11. I loved everything about this book. Gravett had a great concept and it was executed wonderfully. The postcards hold the interest of younger and older children/readers and the detailed illustrations are both accurate to the biome, intriguing, and add an element of humor to the story.Sunny feels his home is too much of this and too much of that so he travels to different biomes with various family members looking for the perfect place to live. My favorite would have to be his stop with his cousins [...]

    12. Absolutely loved this book! Meerkat Mail is a wonderful picture book highlighting, for me, the importance of home and family and how nothing will ever come close no matter how hard you try (bless Sunny!) The thought put into this book is amazing and is definitely worth sharing with children.After having a discussion about the book it was pointed out to me, that there are facts about the different animals Sunny goes to stay with on his journey. Also the subtle changes on the postcards, from the w [...]

    13. Sunny the Meerkat lives in the Kalahari Desert with his family. It is very dry and very hot. Sometimes Sunny thinks it's too hot! Sunny's family does everything together. Sometimes Sunny thinks they're too close. Sunny needs a break. Off he goes to visit his mongoose relatives and find the perfect place to live. The remainder of the book is told mostly by the post cards that Sunny sends to his family. Children who like lift-the-flap books will love lifting the post cards to see what is written o [...]

    14. Sunny the meerkat is dissatisfied with the hot, dry climate of the Kalahari desert where he lives, so he decides to visit his relatives to see if their habitats are any better. At every relative's abode, he sends a postcard home, which is cleverly attached to a page of each 2-page spread. What a clever way to teach about the different species of meerkats, which are related to the mongoose, a fact I didn't know until I read this book. Where does Sunny finally end up? Read and find out! Highly rec [...]

    15. In Meerkat Mail our main character learns that there is no place like home. He decides to visit his mongoose relatives across the country and finds reasons to leave each place. In the end he ends up happily back home with his family. Great book for sense of family and belonging and also to teach writing skills.

    16. It's OK - lots of info on different types of the meerkat family. But - the postcards don't stay taped in. I don't think it lends itself well to libraries or small children who will simply tear the postcards out of the book. If there was a pocket in the back of the book to collect the postcards then the kids could match the postcard with the page and location.

    17. Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett tells the story of Sunny the Meerkat who wishes to leave his home in the desert to find somewhere perfect to live. The illustrations in the book are ink and watercolor depicting the various places of Sunny’s travels. The scenes get darker and gloomier as Sunny is longer away from home and unhappier each place he goes. The illustrations are combined with postcard flaps the reader can flip to read Sunny’s messages home. A fun and interactive way for the young read [...]

    18. This is a fun book, about a meerkat who travels around to find the perfect home. Each time he visits a new place, he writes postcards to his family. The flip out postcards are a great feature.This book is on the longer side, definitely for older preschoolers and elementary students as opposed to younger toddlers. Also the postcards may be fragile for very young ones to handle.The story can be used to discuss correspondence (postcards, letters & modern day emails, phone & text). I also li [...]

    19. I read this because meerkats are adorable. But, honestly, I was a little disappointed. The story wasn't especially well-written, and the illustrations were a little odd for my taste. the postcards really were the highlight of the story, as I discovered when I got to a page that was missing the one that should have been there. (Hazards of reading library books. lol) I do wish the different types of animals he visited had been named. I wasn't sure what they all were.

    20. I love Emily Gravett. And who can resist meerkats? This book is a keeper, not just to borrow but to buy. Fun for all ages. Gorgeous illustrations and multi-faceted design. Little kids will love to flip the postcards; bigger kids will love to read them. A treasure.

    21. A book about how Sunny the Meerkat goes traveling. Postcards and letters to his family from his travels are included.

    22. This was a silly, fun book about Sunny the meerkat who leaves his crowded home to go find a new one. He visits relatives in different places and writes a postcard home from each place. Every place he visits, there is something wrong with the location, whether it is rain, bugs, or being the biggest one there. This would be a fun book to use when teaching students about letters and mail. Children will be learning about this and be receiving education in this area without even really realizing it t [...]

    23. Really enjoyed this book and couldn't help thinking of lesson ideas as I read it!! So much info about the various relatives Sunny goes to stay with that it would fit perfectly into a topic on African animals!

    24. Meerkat Mail is a about a meerkat named Sunny. Sunny lives with his huge family on the Kalahari Desert. There are a lot of meerkats in his family and they do everything together which offers a view of real meerkats. Sunny does not like all the togetherness and feels like he needs to find a new place to live although he doesn't know where that place. So starts Sunny's journey to find the place he belongs.I feel like my reviews are getting too long so I will try to keep them short. The author does [...]

    25. Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett follows Sunny the meerkat as he goes in search of the perfect home, staying in contact with his large family by sending postcards, while being shadowed by a sinister character.Gravett's detailed illustrations are humorous and entertaining, showing the different environments Sunny visits. Seven postcards can be flipped to read the back with Sunny's comments about each location. The endpapers show a family scrapbook of snapshots, news articles and other items. My favo [...]

    26. Sunny the meerkat lives with his enormous family in the Kalahari desert. They are all very close . . . "so" close, in fact, that one day Sunny decides he's had enough and packs his bags. He's off to visit his mongoose cousins. But from the watery world of the Marsh Mongoose to the nocturnal lifestyle of the Malagasy Mongoose, Sunny just doesn't fit in. And who's that shadowy figure who seems to be following him around?This is the tale of Sunny, the meerkat. He lives in the Kalahari desert where [...]

    27. This book is about a meerkat named Sunny who thinks where he lives is TOO hot and he thinks his family is TOO close. Sunny doesn't feel comfortable at his house so he writes a letter telling his family that he is going to a place that is perfect for him. On Monday, he goes to his Uncle Bob's house and doesn't feel comfortable so he leaves. On Tuesday, he goes to his cousins' Scratch and Mitch's house and gets itchy feet so he leaves. On Wednesday, he goes to his Cousin Edwards' house and wasn't [...]

    28. Emily Gravett, Meerkat Mail (Simon and Schuster, 2006)Emily Gravett can do no wrong in my book; Wolves and Orange Pear Apple Bear are destined to become classics of kidlit, not just because the kiddies enjoy them, but because adults are wowed as well. Meerkat Mail, Gravett's third book, doesn't quite come up to the standard she's set for herself, but this should be another one that will have your kids clamoring for you to read it to them over and over again.Sunny is a meerkat who starts feeling [...]

    29. I thought this was darling! A meerkat feels like life in the Kalahari Desert is too hot (and I complain about the heat here in UT!) and too crowded. So he sets off to visit his relatives around the world, writing postcards back to his family to report on his trip.The postcards include facts about the many relatives of the meerkat. They also show that the meerkat never feels satisfied at any of the places he visits (There's no place like home! There's no place like home! :)) This could be used to [...]

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