Exquisite charcoal drawings of ten endangered creatures lions, elephants, giraffes, pandas, tigers, chimpanzees, penguins, turtles, macaws, and zebras startle the viewer with their size and astonishing detail. Read more...
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Exquisite charcoal drawings of ten endangered creatures lions, elephants, giraffes, pandas, tigers, chimpanzees, penguins, turtles, macaws, and zebras startle the viewer with their size and astonishing detail. A poetic text notes each creature s particular qualities and behavior, while providing a quiet counting exercise and a reminder that these animals must be cherished and protected."
- ISBN-13: 9780763682071
- ISBN-10: 0763682071
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: October 2015
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 3-6
- Dimensions: 13.8 x 11.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-10
- Reviewer: Staff
Arresting charcoal portraits of endangered animals, drawn in near-photographic detail, command attention in this counting book, which begins with “one lion” and ends with “ten zebras.” The large-scale b&w images are set against white backgrounds and paired with poems printed in a bright orange suggestive of the threats the animals face. Cotton’s pensive, unrhymed works describe the animals’ behaviors, physical attributes, and beauty: “Five elephants travel the dusty paths of memory./ From the day of their birth, the babies walk./ They walk into adulthood and beyond,/ following the paths set by their mothers before them.” Several poems also touch on the diminishing numbers of the species: “Does she know they are too few?/ What future is there for/ these four fighters?/ Four tigers.” Endnotes offering information about the animals and their endangered statuses conclude this powerful tribute to vulnerable creatures. All ages. (Oct.)