Song of the wild A first book of animals

Nicola Davies, 1958-

Book - 2017

An extensive look at nature in verse. An essential introduction to the animal world with exquisitely modern illustrations.

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Published
Sommerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2017.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
107 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN
9780763691608
0763691607
Main Author
Nicola Davies, 1958- (author)
Other Authors
Petr Horáček (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

An eye-catching illustration of an orangutan and her baby will draw children to this collection of verse by science writer Davies. Five thematic sections with headings such as "Colors and Shapes" and "Animal Homes" give the presentation a bit of structure. The book's generous size and heavy, glossy pages provide an excellent showcase for the mixed-media artwork. The very large, colorful illustrations are impressive, and Horácek uses the space well, offering striking images of many species. Often written in rhyme (or slant rhyme) and usually steering clear of anthropomorphism, the poems vary in effectiveness. Some of the best, such as "Baby Gorilla," capture instants in the wild, while others muse about animal behavior and dramatic moments, marrying interesting facts to poetically phrased information. Other selections, such as "Ways to Get to Water," appear to be straight prose. Each section ends with a double-page spread of detailed drawings accompanied by prose captions. Kids intrigued by animals will enjoy the art while absorbing some information along the way. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Davies and Horacek offer a striking poetic and visual tribute to the animal world. Grouped into thematic chapters that include "Big and Small," "Colors and Shapes," and "Animal Homes," Davies's pithy, playful poems skillfully impart details about the various creatures ("From a swollen, pregnant pouch,/ small fishy sea foals squiggle out./ They've grown from eggs inside the tummy/ of their daddy, not their mommy"). Horacek's sweeping, layered collages vary in form, composition, and medium: shards of painted paper ("a fresh green ribbon/ torn from a blade of elephant grass") help form a weaverbird's nest, while elsewhere a tiger's stripes fade into jungle. Ages 3–7. Author'sagent: Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3—At first glance, this oversize volume is extraordinarily eye-catching. It is drenched, page after page, in vibrant colors that realistically depict numerous creatures from around the world. A brief poem accompanies each of the featured animals. The verse—occasionally rhyming or free verse, and mostly rather forced—focuses on key characteristics of the beasts, although there are examples of the author using poetic license to anthropomorphize some of the critters. And therein lies the rub: the subtitle of the book implies it is for very young readers, yet the fonts used (much of the text is in script) and the interpretation of many of the poems will require an adult companion. For example, readers may not be familiar with terms such as canopy and pylon or ribbon, which, in this usage, really stands for a blade of grass. Each lyric may lead kids to seek out more information, and teachers could use the book with older students to demonstrate how poetry can convey information. VERDICT Large poetry collections with an interest in animal subjects may want to consider.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A lyrical, humorous collection of poems shares keen observations on wildlife around the world, revealing engaging facts about animals of every color, shape, size and origin, from giant blue whales to bumblebee-sized bats.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An extensive look at nature in verse. An essential introduction to the animal world with exquisitely modern illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Blends poems about the color, shape, and size of animals with colorful illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Renowned picture book creators Nicola Davies and Petr Horácek team up for a captivating first look at animals around the world.Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods ' animals are everywhere. In a remarkable collection of poems, children's author Nicola Davies shares keen observations on wildlife around the world. Sometimes lyrical and sometimes humorous, the poems reveal fascinating facts about animals of every color, shape, size, and origin, from giant blue whales to bats as tiny as bumblebees. Lively, colorful illustrations by Petr Horácek reveal the vast beauty and variety of the animal world in this essential introduction, perfect for even the youngest amateur zoologists.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Renowned picture book creators Nicola Davies and Petr Horácek team up for a captivating first look at animals around the world.Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods — animals are everywhere. In a remarkable collection of poems, children’s author Nicola Davies shares keen observations on wildlife around the world. Sometimes lyrical and sometimes humorous, the poems reveal fascinating facts about animals of every color, shape, size, and origin, from giant blue whales to bats as tiny as bumblebees. Lively, colorful illustrations by Petr Horácek reveal the vast beauty and variety of the animal world in this essential introduction, perfect for even the youngest amateur zoologists.