Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Non-Fiction - New and Old

Thanks to Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at Kidlit Frenzy!

         Come read to discover everyone's recent nonfiction picture books.

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Reading and enjoying the new and the old.


              With amazing photographs, Sandra Markle tells the decades-old and satisfactory story of saving these beautiful Tamarins. Scientists all over the world, in the wild and in zoos, worked to solve the problems of decreasing numbers and loss of habitat. They found ways to ensure that tamarins would finally thrive and reproduce in zoos, and then created new ways for them to move from territory to territory by forming living 'tree bridges' so the tamarins could (and would) move safely from forest to forest. The forest were isolated because of clear-cutting to grow crops. There is much additional information, a glossary, a timeline, and an index as well as an author note and websites where one can find out more. It's a great story of success, and one that one might wish could also be written about other animals facing extinction on our earth. 




    I didn't know about this book until someone shared it, but I'm so happy they did. Many know Lita Judge's wonderful power of illustration, but to share interesting information newly discovered in recent years about different kinds of dinosaur babies must be challenging. And it is both beautiful and instructive. I've known some things about dinosaurs, but not this new information, about varied dinosaurs, small and huge, feathered and not. Paleontologists have found evidence of behavior similar to wolves, elk, large raptors, and sea birds. The amount of information in the book is clearly explained in both words and pictures. There are additional pieces about each dinosaur mentioned in the text at the back. What I loved about this is that in these small sketches, a man is drawn, showing the differences in sizes. Judge has also added a glossary and a bibliography.  

          Both books are excellent text examples of non-fiction reporting, using either photos or sketches. They tell the stories in different ways, but inform and entertain beautifully. 

14 comments:

  1. The dinosaur book seems fascinating, especially if there's new info. Aside from the brontosaurus name change, I don't think I know anymore!

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    1. I knew so little of what this book told, Earl. It was so interesting. Thanks!

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  2. Dinosaurs!! I always welcome new books about dinosaurs, especially ones that share new theories and ideas that challenge our old assumptions (some scientists are suggesting that some dinosaurs were warm-blooded, like mammals!). Thanks for sharing these.

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    1. The Dinosaur book is terrific, Jane. Hope you like it, too.

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  3. That's an amazing cover on Born to Be Giants!

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    1. The art is gorgeous, Annette, and Lita Judge includes so much information in the pictures along with the text.

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  4. I love Markle's work. And I have had the dinosaur title on my to-read shelf for a while now. Sigh. I just keep getting further behind on my reading...

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    1. I understand, Laura, so many books calling, and so many beautiful. Enjoy them when you can. And thanks for seeing what I'm sharing today!

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  5. I think we just got The Great Monkey Rescue yesterday in our Junior Library Guild package. It looks really good. We also own Born to Be Giants, but I have yet to read it. I guess I have no shortage of good books awaiting me. :)

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    1. Love that you have access to both right now, Crystal. Enjoy!

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  6. Born to Be Giants is fantastic. I own this one! Judge really makes some amazing titles for kids!

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    1. Yes, she does. I was amazed at the book, somehow have missed it all this time. It is both lovely and interesting.

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  7. I have not seen the dinosaurs one, but since it's Lita Judge, I really need to check it out. I loved Markle's book, I spotlight a bit of it next week!

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    1. Will look for your post, Michele. Hope you enjoy the dinosaur book. It's terrific.

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