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I ended up reading wonderful books about animals this week, real treasures for learning! Hope you'll discover more than one that will interest you.
I'm Trying To Love Spiders - written and illustrated by Bethany Barton
Bethany Barton, with gorgeous illustrations, takes a humorous stance about spiders, trying hard to show how much she (we) should love them, but early in the book, failing (oops!). As the book moves along, spiders really do become more interesting, even enough to appreciate them, as long as they're not inside. Barton includes much good information here.
8: An Animal Alphabet - written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper
Wow, hundreds of animals grace these pages, slowly through the alphabet, and as Elisha Cooper says, "Wait, there's more". Each letter page shows numerous animals starting with that letter, but the "8" enters in by Elisha telling the reader to find the "one" animal that is drawn eight times. Sometimes that's easy because some letters have few animals starting with that letter. And other times, one needs to search well, and count. I imagine young children loving to look and count, plus learn about new animals too. I did. X has only one animal, a small rodent-like animal named "xerus", and Y showed a "yabby". Wait! There's more. At the end, each animal, alphabetically, has a small picture, its name, and one fact about it. Did you know that when coyotes sneak up on prey, they tiptoe? Or that the shell of that gabby I mentioned, a crustacean, will match the color of the water it grew up in? I enjoyed this book very much.
The Most Amazing Creature In The Sea - written by Brenda Z. Guiberson and illustrated by Gennady Spirin
What a wonderful surprise. In this book, the reader doesn't only learn about one "amazing" creature, but a myriad of them, from the small and hidden leafy sea dragon to that heaviest bony fish in the world--the ocean sunfish. Each animal tells its story, the reason it IS the most amazing creature in the sea! At the end, you get to pick which one you believe is the winner, or are they all winners? There is a page of extra information about ocean creatures and organizations that are working hard to keep the ocean safe for all "amazing" ocean creatures. With background detail that highlights the animals in their specific ocean habitat, Gennady Spirin beautifully captures the spirit of each creature in the ocean's swirl.
I've loved reading and reviewing all the above books. As you see from my words, they are great books. But, this next one is amazing.
Big Red Kangeroo - written by Claire Saxby and illustrated by Graham Byrne
Now, I've fallen in love with red kangaroos, or is it the way the story is so well written, with extra specific information in italics? Perhaps it's the amazing dream-like illustrations that show action and setting background so well that one wants to scrutinize all the details, not only the main action of the kangaroos. I learned that they are largest in the species, found only in Australia. The focus is on Red, the male leader of the "mob" (what groups are named), who takes good care of his mob in several situations. Through spare words, and action in the drawings, feelings of contentedness as well as unease showed through easily. The end page wowed me where with added information, Byrne shows the back leg and tail leaping off the page: The End. You really need to see and read this book to appreciate it for its beauty.