Somewhere

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Somewhere in the world, something wondrous happens, every minute, day or night. In this breathtaking look at the natural world, follow Jane Baskwill as she illuminates all the marvelous things--great and small--that happen all around us every day. Full color.

Describes in verse and illustrations some of the many wonders of nature occurring around the world at one moment in time.

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Overview

Somewhere in the world, something wondrous happens, every minute, day or night. In this breathtaking look at the natural world, follow Jane Baskwill as she illuminates all the marvelous things--great and small--that happen all around us every day. Full color.

Describes in verse and illustrations some of the many wonders of nature occurring around the world at one moment in time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Somewhere in the raindrop,/ A rainbow forms from light;/ Somewhere in the darkness,/ A star lights up the night." Each stanza of Baskwill's poem visits one of nature's niches and highlights a typical aspect. Some verses intrigue ("Somewhere in the ocean,/ A whale echoes a sound"); many are banal (a leaf falls "somewhere in the forest"). Couched in smooth rhymes and a consistent cadence, this exploration coasts from phenomenon to phenomenon without building momentum or giving the reader much cause for contemplation. Hill's (What Makes a Bird a Bird?) chalk and scratchboard illustrations use varying perspectives to encourage readers to study nature's details, but depart from realism with their overbright exposures and cotton-candy-colored accents. For all the emphasis on the "wonder" and "delight" of nature, the book transmits no sense of discovery. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-With its simple rhyme and bold, full-color scratchboard illustrations, this celebration of the natural world's beauty and variety should have no trouble finding an appreciative audience. In her brief text-just two lines per spread-Baskwill employs a metaphysical tone: "Somewhere in the raindrop,/ A rainbow forms from light;/ Somewhere in the darkness,/ A star lights up the night...Somewhere on the planet,/ Every minute day or night,/ Something marvelous happens..." Though Hill uses a fussy, multistep technique, her illustrations are simplified natural scenes, each viewed from a different angle and composed with strong visual centers: a falling leaf, a sounding whale's tail, a mother bird facing her newly hatched chick. Use this book to cap or introduce more developed explorations of the theme, such as Charlotte Zolotow's When the Wind Stops (HarperCollins, 1995), with knockout illustrations by Stefano Vitale.-John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572551312
  • Publisher: Mondo Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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