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Sep 10, 2013
| ISBN 9780763663377
| 4-8 years
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Sep 10, 2013 | ISBN 9780763663377 | 4-8 years
“A stunning combination of poems and illustrations celebrating some of Earth’s wildest and most beautiful creatures.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)The stellar team who brought us On the Farm presents a companion book evoking creatures of the wild in simple, clever poems and vibrant woodcuts. From the lion standing alone on the African savannah to the panda in a bamboo forest, from the rhinoceros with its boot-like face to the Arctic polar bear disappearing in the snow, David Elliott’s pithy verse and Holly Meade’s stunning woodcut and watercolor illustrations reveal a world of remarkable beauty and wonder.
David Elliott says that his sister really does have a cat with one eye and that she was the inspiration for the cat in this story (the cat, not the sister).
A stunning combination of poems and illustrations celebrating some of Earth’s wildest and most beautiful creatures.—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Meade’s woodblock prints, striking dark forms washed in watercolor, have just a hint of humor and capture the powerful wild nature of the creatures as well. The poems are read-aloud gems, and the book is versatile in both audience and potential uses.—School Library Journal (starred review)Meade also captures the scorched beauty of the African savanna and the intricacies of jungle foliage. Elliott’s short poems focus on what the illustrations cannot: animal movement (as when the lion shakes his mane) or sounds (as when the wolf howls)…Beautiful and thought-provoking.—BooklistThirteen animals-a worldwide selection-are featured in full-spread woodcut-and-watercolor art. Meade captures both essence and habitat of these favorites.—Horn Book[Elliott] has a marvelous imagination that, together with Holly Meade’s woodcut-and-watercolor illustrations, gives us a truly fresh angle on the animal kingdom.—Concord MonitorAt first you might think that the pictures by Holly Meade will be everything: the dark lines of the woodcuts making the various animals stand out vividly. But then you’ll start reading David Elliott’s remarkable poems….a memorable teaming of writer and illustrator.—Baltimore SunDramatic eye grabbing illustrations highlight this book for young readers about an assortment of wild creatures.—Journal Inquirer
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