I See a Kookaburra! lets readers search for an oystercatcher, an elephant shrew, and a fierce snapping turtle in the places where they live. Learn how these animals and many others grow and thrive in very different environments.
Incorporated into the book is an interactive element. Hidden in the illustrations are animals camouflaged in their surroundings. Turn the page to see if you were able to find them all!
Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page. Visit Steve at stevejenkinsbooks.com.
Robin Page lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and collaborator, Steve Jenkins, and their three children. Along with writing and illustrating childrens books, Steve and Robin run a graphic design studio.
K-Gr 4-This colorful introduction to six different biomes mixes clearly
presented information with seek-and-find fun. The book opens with a glorious
two-page collage made of cut and torn paper that depicts a desert in the
American Southwest. Eight indigenous animals are included in the picture, but
readers will have to search hard to find them as they are mostly camouflaged
by cacti and rocks. On the next spread, the creatures are shown against a
white backdrop; each one remains in the same position on the page, allowing
youngsters to refer back and find the ones they missed. Each animal is
introduced by name and given a brief yet tantalizing descriptive line. The
same pattern is repeated for a tide pool on the English coast, a rain forest
in the Amazon River basin, the grasslands of central Africa, an Australian
forest, and a pond in the American Midwest. As an added challenge, and to make
the point that ants live all over the world, one of these insects is hidden in
each scene. Additional, well-chosen facts about these habitats and the
depicted creatures are appended, along with an outline map of the locales.
Filled with vibrant colors and palpable textures, the illustrations are
breathtaking and give a real sense of the vitality, diversity, and beauty of
nature. A first-rate foray into ecology that will encourage readers to explore
the world around them.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright
2005 Reed Business Information.
The husband-and-wife team behind What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?
presents another intimate look at the natural world, here surveying six animal
in glorious habitats: desert, tide pool, jungle, savanna, forest and pond.
Author and artist introduce each environment in pairs of spreads, first asking
readers to peer into a full-bleed landscape in which they can spot animals
partially concealed by holes, greenery and other features (hence, the "I See"
in the title, a refrain for each environment). The companion spread, strips
away all the extraneous detail, revealing the inhabitants, silhouetted
against a white background. A structure resembling a pine cone, for instance,
which pops out from a rock outcropping in the first desert spread is actually
the end of a fat, coiled diamondback rattlesnake in all its venomous glory;
skinny toes wrapped around a branch in the jungle turns out to belong to a
comical red-eyed tree frog. Jenkins masterfully manipulates texture and space,
playing up the unique palette and architecture of each habitat, while pushing
readers towards an aesthetic awareness of the remarkable shapes and patterns
that compose nature's wonders. Straightforward language in small type
identifies the environments ("This desert is in the American Southwest"), and
vivid, economical descriptions of the critters follow on the companion
spreads, completing the phrase "I see..."("an angry diamondback rattlesnake
buzzing a warning," for instance). Lengthier notes on all the environments and
inhabitants conclude this informative and attractive volume, yet another
keeper from this talented team. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business
"The texture- and color-rich cut-paper collages, displaying each animal in a characteristic pose, feature several layers of depth, providing young viewers with the potential for hours of exploration.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred
"The lush cut-paper illustrations invite detailed scrutiny of the various animals' features and display the textures and variety of skin, fur, beaks, and the like." --Horn Book Horn Book
"A first-rate foray into ecology that will encourage readers to explore the world around them." –School Library Journal School Library Journal
"Jenkins masterfully manipulates texture and space, playing up the unique palette and architecture of each habitat, while pushing readers towards an aesthetic awareness of the remarkable shapes and patterns that compose nature's wonders. . . . Another keeper from this talented team." -- Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
"The book’s bright colors and textures and its playful design will attract an enthusiastic audience." --Booklist Booklist, ALA