The Wildlife 1-2-3: A Nature Counting Book

The Wildlife 1-2-3: A Nature Counting Book

by Jan Thornhill

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This splendid counting book is brimming with visual appeal, beginning with the rain-forest parrots that adorn the vivid pink cover and hint at treasure within. Canadian author/illustrator Thornhill has gathered together animals as ordinary as ants and sparrows and as exotic as lemurs, walruses, flamingos and camels in a colorful collection. Her flamboyant drawings have the bold vibrancy of woodcuts, while the extravagant borders, some resembling batik, cleverly contain miniature versions of each page's creatures. Thornhill concludes with ``Nature Notes,'' nutshell descriptions of each of the species pictured. This is a superbly designed, generously oversize book, which provides a pleasing balance of white space, illustration and text. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- The ever-prevailing question about this book is ``Who will read it?'' While the watercolor art engages the senses to drink in the lavish colors and wildlife, the purpose of the book remains ambiguous. Certainly preschoolers will be confused by Thornhill's artistic endeavor to impact levels of perspective. She begins simply and clearly, with one panda seated among green bamboo surrounded by a Chinese red bamboo border that also contains one panda. But does one panda plus one panda mean one or two pandas on that page? Furthermore, the counting jumps from 10 to 15, 20, 25, 50, 100, and 1000, which is certain to muddy the waters for young children. In addition, following the animals are ``Nature Notes'' that give full descriptions of each animal, including behavior, habitat, etc. These notes in very small type are for older children or adults. Following the informative tidbits are pyramids of the previously illustrated animals in all their multitudes, interestingly depicting the relationship between one number and another. These features add an interesting spark to an already colorful, intriguing counting book. Due to the artistry of the illustrations and the multifaceted presentation of the numbers, librarians will probably not want to add this to picture-book collections, but rather put it in the art or animal sections. Young children learning how to count will only be confused by this array. --Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Product dimensions:
9.84(w) x 11.88(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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