Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThis equally likable and informative encore to Dragonflies and Eagles introduces children to the real Rudolphs of the world. The Santa connection guarantees some built-in interest, and the Bernhards energetically fan this spark. Each page is dynamic and pleasingly unique. Durga Bernhard's gouaches incorporate folk elements and a contemporary sense of color and composition. Emery Bernhard's text supplements the requisite Reindeer 101 info (``In North America, reindeer have been given the name caribou'') with such well-researched nuggets as ``A deer polishes its hardened, bony antlers by rubbing them against branches and bushes'' and ``As the reindeer walk, the bones in their feet make a loud clacking noise.'' Thorough, yet mindful of its young audience, this title further confirms the Bernards' niche on the natural-history shelf. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 3-A well-organized, well-illustrated book about the behavior and habits of reindeer around the world. Each page features a simple, stylized, one-dimensional, pastel picture with clear, easy-to-read text below. Block-print reindeer tracks move along each page in various positions, creating a common connecting thread throughout the book. Several of the illustrations are labeled. Simple and straightforward sentences describe the animals' migration, feeding and breeding habits, and facts about body adaptations. The only flaw in the text is the statement that ``In North America reindeer have been given the name caribou.'' At least in Alaska, there is a distinction between wild caribou and domesticated reindeer. The strength of this book lies in its simplicity. The text is direct, yet filled with interesting facts, and the illustrations are visually appealing, whimsical, and easy to grasp. Like the reindeer, this text covers a lot of ground.-Roz Goodman, Bering Strait School District Media Center, Unalakleet, AK
Janice Del Negroger for reading aloud. A large typeface and a generous design are just two of the qualities that make this a worthwhile purchase. The watercolor illustrations combine nicely with a clear, absorbing discussion of the life cycle of the reindeer. Opening with a reference to Santa's flying team, the text proceeds with information about the animal's habitat and habits, from migration to mating. Occasionally there is need for clarification (the illustration of the dewclaws would have been clearer had the entire hoof been shown), and the necessarily brief cultural references may need further investigation. No sources are listed, but thanks are given to the curator of the Queens Wildlife Center (who presumably went over the text and illustrations for accuracy), and there is a brief glossary.
- Holiday House, Inc.
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- 1st ed
- Product dimensions:
- 10.02(w) x 10.99(h) x 1.03(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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