At This Very Moment

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Using gentle, rhythmic text and gorgeous watercolor paintings, Jim Arnosky invites young readers to imagine what wondrous things animals are doing across the globe. While you might be sweating in the middle of the afternoon, an owl has found a cool hiding place inside a cactus. And while you're filling up on dinner, puffins are swooping down on the ocean by the cliffs to catch fish. It's an amazing world out there-at this very moment.

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Overview

Using gentle, rhythmic text and gorgeous watercolor paintings, Jim Arnosky invites young readers to imagine what wondrous things animals are doing across the globe. While you might be sweating in the middle of the afternoon, an owl has found a cool hiding place inside a cactus. And while you're filling up on dinner, puffins are swooping down on the ocean by the cliffs to catch fish. It's an amazing world out there-at this very moment.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While the artwork isn't quite as strong as the verse, Arnosky's goodnight book shines with appreciation and wonder about the world's animals and birds. The text begins, "Each and every moment/ of each and every day,/ amazing things are happening." What follows is a series of comparisons between the daily activities of a child ("You wash your face and comb your hair/ and brush and floss your teeth") and various animals or birds ("and as you do, a toothy shark/ is circling a reef... a polar bear is running fast/ across a field of ice"). The accompanying illustration features two environments—the shark's underwater reef and the bear's Arctic landscape—separated by a thin diagonal slash, but united by a pale blue palette appropriate to both environments. Most spreads, however, focus on a single scene—a mother bear tumbles with her cub on a grassy hill while butterflies float by, and a majestic stag sips from a stream. Though the split-screen pairings can occasionally be jarring in terms of scale, Arnosky makes it clear that human existence occurs within an ecological network. Ages 6–8. (May)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
With poetic rhythm and rhyme, Arnosky has created a visually appealing global celebration of nature. As each new day dawns, animals—just like humans—awake and prepare to go through their daily activities and Arnosky invites children to think about animals as they go about their own day. While you may "wash your face and comb your hair and brush your teeth...a toothy shark is circling a reef" and "a polar bear is running fast across a field of ice." Taking a sip from a water fountain at school mirrors a deer drinking from a pool and while a child may be eating peas, somewhere a blue jay gobbles a bee. As night falls and children prepare for bed pelicans fly to their roost, raccoons emerge for the hunt and faraway in Africa a lion roars. Each double page spread in Arnosky's signature style carefully reproduces the animal's habitat as well as renders lifelike animals at rest, play, or on the prowl. Classroom teachers can incorporate this work in their lessons on animals and their environment or it may be used as a quiet reflection on nature and our symbiotic relationship with it. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—Moment by moment, as children brush their teeth in the morning, take a drink at the school water fountain, or slip into sleep at night, Arnosky's rhythmic text reminds them of small happenings in the natural world. Pelicans fly "home" to roost, an 11-point buck sips from a forest pool, and an elf owl peers from its home in a saguaro. Arnosky's signature dramatic, realistic artwork keeps perfect step with the simple words. An author's note casts a personal glimpse over all, with the author explaining that the finback whale "rose in the Atlantic Ocean on a foggy Maine afternoon," and the roaring lion is "in my dreams," while the raccoons are "in my woodshed." An eye-catching, serendipitous global tour for young imaginations.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
With a gentle rhythm, unforced rhymes and near rhymes and perfect pacing, this bedtime story encourages children to think, dream and wonder about the lives of animals in the wild. Arnosky takes his readers and listeners through a day. Beginning with the moment of waking up, he matches the child's possible activities to those of an animal. Brushing teeth? "A toothy shark / is circling a reef." Drinking water from a fountain? "Someplace in the forest / a deer drinks from a pool." Eating your peas? An owl, a beaver, a rattlesnake and a blue jay are eating too. From raccoons that live in his woodshed to a black bear with cinnamon cubs photographed by a friend in Yellowstone and lions from his dreams, this prolific author-illustrator draws on long experience of nature-watching, drawing, painting and imagining to produce beautiful double-page spreads showing animals in their natural habitats. A band of bighorn sheep walks a narrow mountain trail. A finback whale surfaces, not far from seals on rocks off the Maine coast. A semi-palmated plover perches on an alligator's gaping jaw. While the focus animal is clear from the lines on the page, readers with some knowledge will be able to identify other species in these realistic images.In an afterword, Arnosky explains his connection to each animal. Children lucky enough to encounter this book will feel connected, too. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525422525
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 809,256
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Arnosky
Jim Arnosky is the award-winning author/illustrator of almost ninety picture books on nature subjects. In a starred review of his book Babies in the Bayou, Kirkus said, "No one does this better than Arnosky."
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