Journey of the Nightly Jaguarby Robert Roth (Illustrator), Burton Albert
Burton Albert's text was inspired by a Mayan urn from A.D. 600 - 900.
In the setting sun, raindrops darken into spotted markings and the nightly jaguar begins his journey through the dark jungle, where the wind whistles to the monkey's chatter. As the night ends, he climbs into the canopy at the jungle's edge, springs into the ocean, and rises again with the sun.
Burton Albert's text was inspired by a Mayan urn from A.D. 600 - 900. The paintings by Robert Roth bring his special vision to the poetry as they evoke the mystery of the lordly jaguar's journey through the night.
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.
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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