Stripes of All Types

Susan Stockdale, Author, Susan Stockdale, Illustrator
Susan Stockdale. Peachtree, $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56145-695-6
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Stockdale pairs precise acrylic illustrations with equally tidy verse to depict 19 striped animals. “Stripes found in water,/ sliding through weeds./ Drinking from rivers,/ and darting through reeds,” she writes, as the accompanying images show purple-striped jellyfish, an eastern garter snake, ring-tailed lemurs, and an American bittern. Elsewhere, a horizontally striped surgeonfish is seen “scouting a reef” amid speckled coral, and a poison frog in shocking orange, yellow, and red stripes is “propped on a log.” Closer to home, two children cuddle with striped cats. Appended pages discuss the ways stripes benefit each creature and also provide a guessing game for readers to match stripes with their respective animals. Ages 2–6. Agent: Gina Maccoby, Gina Maccoby Literary Agency. (Apr.)
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