Wild Tracks!: A Guide to Nature's Footprints  -     By: Jim Arnosky
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Wild Tracks!: A Guide to Nature's Footprints

Sterling Children's Books / 2015 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Sterling Children's Books
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 1454914726
ISBN-13: 9781454914723
Ages: 6-10

Publisher's Description

Paws, claws, and hoofprints—life-size!
A stunningly illustrated introduction to the animal world that will have kids on the prowl.
 
When children learn to recognize and read animal tracks they're actually mastering an ancient language of shapes and patterns—and gaining knowledge of the natural world. Acclaimed artist and naturalist Jim Arnosky has created a breathtaking and informative reference on the subject, filled with intricately drawn prints from creatures both wild and domestic, as well as large-scale paintings of the animals in their environments. Some of the art, labeled in Arnosky's own handwriting, even looks as if it came straight out of his personal notebooks. And best of all, many of the tracks are true to size, so kids can compare the trace left by a big-footed polar bear (whose paws act as snowshoes in its icy home) with that of a small bird. Adding to the eye-catching illustrations are four awesome gatefolds that display paintings of a bobcat, wolf, deer, and a variety of hoofed animals right next to their prints. Every spread has plenty of details on how to interpret the footprint, and the featured menagerie includes bighorn sheep and goats, chipmunks and rabbits, grizzlies and brown bears, horses and burros, domestic cats and dogs, and even slithering reptiles! This is the perfect gift for a budding naturalist, animal lover, or artist.

Author Bio

Jim Arnosky has written and illustrated more than 100 books and been honored for his contribution to children's literature. He received the first lifetime achievement award for Excellence in Science Illustration from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for nonfiction. Many of his books are ALA Notable Books, and he has collected numerous starred reviews. Jim lives in South Ryegate, VT, but travels all over the US for school and library visits. Visit jimarnosky.com to learn more.

Editorial Reviews

*"This is a splendid example of Arnosky's skill at making natural history come alive for young readers.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
"...a terrific beginning field guide...the uniformly lovely illustrations and the compelling concept make this a book that young naturalists will enjoy year-round." —Booklist
 
*"Arnosky's infectious enthusiasm for nature is evident... Four fold-out pages add to the appeal of the book as a package...this new entry is worthy of purchase for its inviting format and its promising premise that kids can find tracks, interpret them, and have a great time outdoors."—School Library Journal, starred review
 
2009 ALA Notable
Named to 2008 School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year List
Winner of the 2008 ASPCA® Henry Bergh Children's Book Award in the Nonfiction Environment and Ecology category
 

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