Journey of the Nightly Jaguarby Burton Albert, Robert Roth
He stalks the jungle of the night, with its clatter of monkeys, past the moonlit mountains and rivers of crocodile eyes. This story of transformation was inspired by a glyph on an ancient Mayan ruin, but also tells of the jaguar as an endangered animal that has found protection in a preserve in Belize. Full color.
This book will puzzle all but the most precocious of readers; it is hard to figure out what's happening from the text and illustrations. The poetic text sometimes strings a sentence over as many as six pages, pushing readers forward, while dreamy scenes of soft pink, purple, and green watercolors and torn, textured paper draw readers in for careful looking. Yet to pause over a painting is to lose the sense of the text, already complicated by difficult phrases such as "luring the creature on his journey of return." The book is visually interesting but not successful as a story nor poetic meditation.
- Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.33(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.41(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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