Kangaroo and Crocodile: My Big Book of Australian Animals

Overview

Following the success of Possum and Wattle, Bronwyn Bancroft has created this companion volume, an incredibly beautiful book of Australian animals and landscapes

From eagles to echidnas, from geckoes to crocodiles, animal icons of Australia are gorgeously integrated into glorious patterned landscapes. Bronwyn's artwork, full of bright colors and bold lines, is perfect for teaching first concepts. The end of the book features an information page listing all the ...

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Overview

Following the success of Possum and Wattle, Bronwyn Bancroft has created this companion volume, an incredibly beautiful book of Australian animals and landscapes

From eagles to echidnas, from geckoes to crocodiles, animal icons of Australia are gorgeously integrated into glorious patterned landscapes. Bronwyn's artwork, full of bright colors and bold lines, is perfect for teaching first concepts. The end of the book features an information page listing all the animals young readers will have encountered.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An aesthetically striking guide to Australian wildlife."  —Publishers Weekly on W Is for Wombat

"Vivid." — The Wall Street Journal

"A visually stunning experience for young armchair travelers and their elders."  — Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Kim Harris Thacker
Australia is a unique land filled with unique animals, including the platypus, kookaburra, wallaby, and huntsman spider. This simple book depicts these creatures and others using vivid illustrations that are full of color, tiny patterns, and shapes. While these gorgeous illustrations do not show Australia's unusual wildlife in colors that are true to life, the pictures are so unique that they serve as a reminder to readers of just how special Australia's animals are. Each animal shown in the book appears near its name; however, there are a couple of instances in which a name lies in very close proximity to more than one creature. This could result in confusion, if a reader is unfamiliar with Australian animal life; but this is a tiny price to pay for such a stunningly illustrated book. Very young audiences, in particular, will love this book, but older children will enjoy it, too—especially since there is a glossary at the back of the book that gives more information about each of the animals, including where they are found, their distinctive physical characteristics, and whether or not they are endangered. Reviewer: Kim Harris Thacker
Kirkus Reviews
Australian animals are ever-intriguing, and this large-format picture book provides a visually stunning experience for young armchair travelers and their elders. Most of the double-page spreads feature two often-related animals (bottlenose dolphin and great white shark, for instance), although a few splendidly concentrate on one animal. There are also several spreads with four different animals. Bancroft, an Aboriginal artist who has created textiles, fashions, paintings and illustrations in many picture books, uses eye-popping colors, concentric circles, pointillist dots, zigzagging lines and other elements of Australian indigenous art to portray animals and their environments in highly stylized forms. An undulating ribbon of changing color runs through the book, uniting the pages; each animal's name appears on this wide stripe that cuts each page in two. Occasionally, as on the cockatoo and galah spread, readers may be confused by the labels, as both pages include examples of each avian species. The kangaroo and wallaby page is also difficult to decipher, as the animals are similar, and the illustrator has mixed them together. More sophisticated readers may enjoy the visual puzzle. Descriptions of each animal, in alphabetical order, are given at the end, but the two or three sentences sometimes do not provide enough information, as in the case of "reef life," and should be supplemented with other sources. Striking illustrations, but sometimes light on factual details. (Informational picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921714252
  • Publisher: Little Hare Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,221,469
  • Age range: 3 months - 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bronwyn Bancroft is an Aboriginal artist and designer whose artwork has been collected and shown by galleries around the world. She is the illustrator of An Australian 1, 2, 3 of Animals; An Australian ABC of Animals; Malu Kangaroo; Patterns of Australia; Possum and Wattle; and Sun Mother Wakes the World.
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