Arnosky introduces animals indigenous to cold regions, including semi-aquatic species like otters and beavers; snow travelers, like deer, bobcats, and polar bears; and animals of the Arctic and Antarctic. Arnosky illustrates the book with a mix of small pencil drawings and large-scale acrylic paintings, with foldout pages providing a greater sense of the ecosystems (such as a cutaway view of a beaver dam, covered in ice). Arnosky’s hallmark respect for and curiosity about his animal subjects is fully evident: “I envy their physical perfection that makes them able to live their entire lives outdoors in the purity of fresh, open air,” he writes in conclusion. “I live in awe of wild things.” Ages 6–10. Agent: Susan Schulman, Susan Schulman Literary. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/31/2015 Release date: 09/01/2015 Genre: Children's
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