Tuesday, October 23, 2018

NF Picture Books - Amazing Nature



art by Sarah S. Brannen
Visit Alyson Beecher on Wednesdays for Non-Fiction Picture Books at Kidlit Frenzy.  From her post and others, you will discover and want to celebrate terrific nonfiction picture books! 










           Thirteen animals are explored in this wonderful book first published in Spain about how animals build their homes and the interesting, and needed, approach each chooses in that construction. With marvelous mixed-media illustrations by Julio Antonio Blasco, Daniel Nassar shares much information about each, like where and why the home type, how it's built, and special characteristics of the animals that aid the construction. Each page has a unique fold-out that mimics a "plan" with materials listed and the actual project drawn on graph paper. (see example below).

An example of a full double-page spread.


What is seen when you lift the flap on the right in the page shown above.

          From insects like termites to birds like the bower bird and including mammals like chimpanzees, it's a wide array of architectural masterpieces explained. I loved the way the home site of each animal is cleverly added to the pages, like those above with the African tree frog's home nestled high in a tree to protect against predators, but over water so when the eggs hatch, those little tadpoles fall into the water. 


         This book will be a great beginning to a classroom study of "homes" or part of a study of "animals". It's terrific. And it will make a great pairing with A House In The Sky: And Other Uncommon Animal Homes by Steve Jenkins and Robin Gourley. See Alyson's post above for its new honor.

8 comments:

  1. This looks fabulous! And I love the book design, too. Thanks, Linda!

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    1. You're welcome, Laura. This came out a few years ago & I found it at my used bookstore, happy to have discovered it. The layout is very cool!

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    1. Terrific. Enjoy when you can, Annette!

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  3. I'm excited about this book, Linda. It looks amazing! It might be fun to pair with Christy Hale's DREAMING UP: A Celebration of Building.

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    1. The creativity of the layout is wonderful, Laura. I hope you find it and enjoy it, too. Thanks for that new idea for another pairing. That is a new title to me, somehow missed it! Thanks!

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  4. Love the details that are sprinkled throughout the pages!

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    1. Thanks, Michele. They are inviting readers to read them, aren't they?

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