Man Gave Names to All the Animals

Man Gave Names to All the Animals

by Bob Dylan, Jim Arnosky

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Whimsical and witty, “Man Gave Names to All the Animals” first appeared on Bob Dylan's album Slow Train Coming in 1979. Illustrator Jim Arnosky has now crafted a stunning picture book adaptation of Dylan's song that's a treat for both children and adults, with breathtaking images of more than 170 animals plus a CD of Dylan's original recording.
The revered musical legend rarely allows his songs to be illustrated, and Arnosky has done the song proud with a parade of spectacular creatures ready to receive their names-until the surprise ending, when children get to name an animal themselves!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402785191
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 11/18/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 16 MB
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Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Music legend Bob Dylan has written more than 600 songs and his albums have sold more than 110 million copies around the world. He has won numerous awards including the Kennedy Center Honor, the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Sweden's Polar Music Prize, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and multiple Grammys. In 2008, Bob Dylan was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” Bob Dylan's highly anticipated 35th studio album, Tempest, was released in 2012. He lives in New York.
Jim Arnosky is the author/illustrator of more than 100 books for young readers, and has been honored for his overall contribution to literature for children. He received the first lifetime achievement award for Excellence in Science Illustration from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for nonfiction. His first book for Sterling, Wild Tracks, was a 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a 2009 ALA Notable. Every one of his gatefold books for Sterling has earned at least one starred review, and Thunder Birds was included on the Bluebonnet Master List for the state of TX. Jim and his wife, Deanna, travel all over the US for school and library visits, meeting hundreds of kids every year. Visit to learn more. Jim lives in South Ryegate, VT.

Date of Birth:

May 24, 1941

Place of Birth:

Duluth, MN

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Man Gave Names to All the Animals 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it would come with the soundtrack, but it didn't. The point of the book was to illustrate Dylans song but this is just pictures and words. Without the music it completely misses the point.
Candacemom2two More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully illustrated, but the story/song is also fantastic. It's the Bob Dylan song (that many are familiar with!) and it comes with the CD with the song on it. It's actually a children's CD that I don't go crazy listening to after the 500th time! And trust me, we have probably really listened to it 500 times! My kids love it! I put it in and the first time they just dance around. Then the second time they sit and look at the gorgeous pictures in the book. And then, they usually play it about 10 more times before taking a break. They read the book alone as well. Well, they just look at the pictures since they can't read, but soon they will have it all memorized and can at least pretend to read it! I can say that as a parent this book is perfect. I can read/sing it to them pretty quickly and the illustrations are beautiful and you find new animals every time. Like I said, the CD isn't annoying (who doesn't like Bob Dylan?!) and I don't go crazy listening to it over and over. The book can keep the kids entertained by itself if the CD were to break. This has been THE BOOK for the past week since it arrived on our front porch. We got other books too but this is the one they are so focused on they haven't even paid attention to the others! I have the new edition illustrated by Jim Arnosky. I didn't even know about a previous edition but looking through reviews it becomes apparent that there was one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book and the song and was hoping it was a read to me book so my kids can enjoy such a beautiful song but its just the book. I recommend just buying the book with the cd.
BobEtier More than 1 year ago
On August 20, 1979, Bob Dylan dropped "Slow Train Coming" on which there was a song, "Man Gave Names to All the Animals." The song was not an allegory; it had no deep, hidden meaning. It simply told of man walking along, observing animals, and naming them. It's not the only simple song that Dylan ever wrote, but with its island-like beat, it is infectious. This is a Bob Dylan song that can be shared with very young children, requiring little explanation. And it's a great one to get up and jump around to, or -- if you prefer -- dance. Award-winning children's illustrator Jim Arnosky has taken Dylan's lyrics and paired them with a beautifully vibrant storybook, "Man Gave Names to All the Animals," that captures the happy, funky sound of the original song. Packaged with the book is a CD with the song performed by Bob Dylan. It warms my baby-boomer heart to imagine three-year-olds rocking to classic Dylan. Can "Maggie's Farm" be far behind? Arnsoky has populated his book with an astounding variety of animals (yes, even a flamingo) from all parts of the world. There are fish, birds, insects, and mammals that would never see each other in life (except on Animal Planet) gathered together on the pages of "Man Gave Names to All the Animals," and the effect is enchanting. While most of the animals are familiar, there are sure to be a few that stump readers. There are more than 170 animals illustrated, and they are listed at the end of the book, alphabetically. Those who need clues so that they, too, can name the animals can go to "Man Gave Names to All the Animals" is a fun book for adults and children to share, made even better by the inclusion of the CD, making it perfect for a sing-along -- or a silly-along if you prefer. Keep this lovely hardcover book in mind for holiday gift-giving...and don't forget the kazoos! Bottom Line: Would I buy "Man Gave Names to All the Animals"? You better believe it! (Hitting the street September 7, it is now available for pre-order.) Originally appeared on
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My grandson loves this on my color Nook, but if you expect the soundtrack to be included, you will be disappointed! Only the hard copy version includes the music CD apparently -- the Nook version is read-only!
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STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I grew up with Dylan as a high school student and though he was just plain wierd. Now I'm an adult and recognise his genius. I'm teaching this song to my children's choir as aperformance piece. Buy this book... great song and stunning art. It's worth every penny of the cost. Take it from a teacher and a musician. Ignore the negative reviews.
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Not a read to me book. Would have liked to hear the music the ad referred to.
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pstrwife More than 1 year ago
It bothers me that the reviews complain about the book not 'reading to them.' The pount of reading is to actually read. This is a pure form of entertainment and it is gorgeous