In the Wild

In the Wild

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by David Elliott, Holly Meade
     
 

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The stellar team who brought us On the Farm present a companion book evoking creatures of the wild in simple, clever poems and vibrant woodcuts.

From the lion standing alone on the African savannah to the panda in a bamboo forest, from the rhinoceros with its boot-like face to the Arctic polar bear disappearing in the snow, the earth is full of

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The stellar team who brought us On the Farm present a companion book evoking creatures of the wild in simple, clever poems and vibrant woodcuts.

From the lion standing alone on the African savannah to the panda in a bamboo forest, from the rhinoceros with its boot-like face to the Arctic polar bear disappearing in the snow, the earth is full of curious and wonderful animals, each more extraordinary than the next. David Elliott’s pithy, lyrical verse and Holly Meade’s stunning woodcut and watercolor illustrations reveal a world of remarkable beauty and wonder — and offer an enticing introduction to both favorite animals and poetic forms.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Elliott takes us into the wild to encounter fourteen creatures. Brief, carefully crafted verses, filled with awe and occasional humor, are accompanied on double pages with the powerful woodblock and watercolor illustrations, first of the lion: "In his eye/ the sunset glistens;/ when he roars,/ the wide world listens." Then we meet an elephant, giraffe, zebra, rhinoceros, sloth, jaguar, panda, orangutan, kangaroo, buffalo, wolf, and finally a polar bear, "...disappearing...disappearing in the snow." Meade suggests environments while focusing on natural poses for each animal. The blackness of the woodblocks creates solid structures as the transparent watercolors supply powerful flesh, windswept skies, or bamboo groves. These images provide the emotional content, too often missed in similar animal photographs, to enhance the poetry. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Elliott and Meade follow the attractive pattern of their On the Farm (Candlewick 2008). A lion standing alone on a grassy plain leads off the assortment of 14 mammals introduced in short, reflective poems and bold, energetic woodblock scenes. Elliott's spare verses vary in length and form with bits of humor, some lovely use of language and imagery, and an occasional thought-provoking reference. The poet addresses the orangutan as a cousin—How nice to have someone like you/sitting in our family tree"—and he reminds readers that the mighty and long-suffering buffalo "once was sixty-million strong." Meade's woodblock prints, striking dark forms washed in watercolor, have just a hint of humor and capture the powerful wild nature of the creatures as well. The poems are read-aloud gems, and the book is versatile in both audience and potential uses.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763644970
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/24/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.94(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David Elliott is the author of several books for young readers, including On the Farm, the acclaimed companion book to In the Wild; Finn Throws a Fit!, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering; and the New York Times best-selling And Here’s to You!, illustrated by Randy Cecil. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

Holly Meade has illustrated many picture books, including On the Farm, as well as the Caldecott Medal–winning Hush! A Thai Lullaby and its follow-up, Peek! A Thai Hide-and Seek, both by Minfong Ho. Holly Meade lives in Sedgwick, Maine.

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In the Wild 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
autumnbluesreviews More than 1 year ago
A sweet display of easy to read poems with beautiful illustrations. In the Wild is one of those children's books that will have a child asking for a repeat read, again and again. From the lion's roar, free to roam to the polar bears flowing swim. Children will delight in the large illustrations and print. This book keeps the poems short, using easy to read sound out words, which will have children repeating the rhymes in no time at all. I recommend this book as a great read for infants. It is perfectly engaging with bursts of colorful outlined illustrations. The best kind of pictures to draw a young eye in for a closer look and keep it there, which stimulates the curiosity and the mind. I don't think this book would be a good choice for children over five as they might lose interest in it after the first read. However all children learn at a different level so don't let that stop you from enjoying this wonderful book with that special child in your life.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
Strong, robust, striking illustrations and sensitive, clever poems that perfectly capture the nature of each animal. How refreshing not to have an ounce of cuteness in a book depicting animals!  The jaguar skulks, the elephant almost jumps off the page, while the snow covered buffalo stares, motionless.  This one is a keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago