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Wild Animals of the North Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-24 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:1909263966
LANGUAGE:English

" Juvenile nonfiction. Beautiful illustrations, though the text was nothing too exciting. I was also disappointed that all measurements were Celsius and metric. I would have preferred them in both formats, for folks who aren't familiar with the metric system (read: Americans). " said.

"Stylish and Elegant

This is a gorgeous book, easily sending other little-reader animal books to the back of the class.

We have a lot of baby/toddler/rug-rat animal books, including ones with basic stock photos, ones with high end wildlife photos, and ones with various cartoony animal drawings. You never know which one will catch a kid's eye and interest, and variety is a good thing.

But this book just struck me as being in a different animal/critter world. The modern, slightly impressionistic, highly stylized, drawings are arresting. Moreover, they capture a great deal of the personality and dignity of the individual animals. I just didn't expect an early reader animal book to feature illustrations with such character and impact. The animals presented here have real presence.

There are many animals represented. (The index lists about 80.) Half of them get a paragraph or two of description; the rest just appear as drawings. The text is engaging in an odd sort of way. It's informative, but in an unpredictable and idiosyncratic fashion. You might learn about a creature's habits, or its distribution, of the fact that the Mongolian horse has one more rib than do other horses. This cheerfully haphazard approach to "facts" actually adds a great deal to the book's charm. The vocabulary is adult, so the text also invites a child reader to step up a bit in comprehension. That fits with the overall feel of the book and helps to distinguish it as an elegant and special project.

So, I was quite taken by this book, and would be happy to afford it a special place on the family book shelf. A nice find. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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" In all honesty, this was not a complete read- it was a skim; but the illustrations are just so lovely I had to jot it down here so I could remember it. The style reminded me a bit of Charley Harper- and about animals, so I imagine it would be wonderful for a young person's nonfiction collection. " said.

" Not sure if entirely finished it " said.

" A beautifully designed and illustrated guide to animals from North American, Europe, and Asia most notable for the stunning cubist-inspired, finely detailed artwork. Originally published in Germany. " said.

" We loved this book! It’s like a coffee table book for kids. It’s has gorgeous illustrations and short descriptions of some of the animals. I will look into buying this one for our collection. " said.

" Even readers with no interest in animals will love this book for it’s illustrations. They create movement and bring the animals to life. Amazing. " said.

" Очень красивые иллюстрации, плюс куча интересных фактов о животных севера. Многие из них мне совсем не были знакомы. У ней хочется возвращаться и пересматривать. " said.

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