In the Wild

By the same author as Finn Throws a Fit! David Elliott and Holly Meade’s In the Wild is a striking introduction to exotic animals, one that places them in their habitats rather than a zoo. Booklist: “This engaging picture book showcases 13 wild creatures, including a lion, sloth, panda, tiger, wolf, and polar bear, whose section concludes with a subtle ecological message [about] when that animal is seen ‘disappearing into the snow.’ Meade uses woodblock prints and watercolors, and the effect of the portrayed animals, sharply etched in black, is arresting. 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). The poems give tiny, pleasant surprises; when pointing out the rosettes on the jaguar’s back, Elliott warns readers: ‘Beware of jungle-raised bouquets. Beware these hidden thorns.’ Beautiful and thought-provoking.” Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on April 27, 2011.

One Response to “In the Wild”

  1. Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed reading it very much. Reading and writing poetry relaxes me and I think it’s soothing for the soul. Great job.

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