From the Publisher
"The combination of these two books has resulted in an early-learning primer of uncommon beauty."
— The Globe and Mail
"Sumptuous — The Wildlife ABC is a glorious spectacle..."
— The Montreal Gazette
"This combination book is enjoyable on so many levels… The exceptional artwork in this collection far surpasses the standard ABC or counting books."
— CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
"…a powerful invitation for children to learn more about animals, as well as practice the languages of letters and numbers."
— Resource Links
Governor General's Award, Children's Illustration Category, 1988, Canada – Short-listed
Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2004, Canada – Commended
UNICEF, Ezra Jack Keats Award, 1990, Canada – Winner
School Library Journal
Detailed illustrations in deep, rich colors resembling tapestries create a beautiful animal alphabet book. Bold upper- and lower-case letters beneath each illustration are followed by a rhyming text that lends continuity: ``C is for Caterpillar/ Who eats a lot'' leads into ``D is for dragonfly/ Flitting by when it's hot.'' Each featured North American animal is depicted in its natural habitat and framed by a repetitive border of small illustrations of the animal. When presented by an adult, this book can be appreciated at many levels. Young children will recognize the letters, identify animals, and enjoy the lilting rhymes. Inquisitive older readers will be drawn to the borders that visually present facts about or aspects of animal life. Two pages of notes at the conclusion of the book offer background information on each animal. Thornhill's detailed art provides an interesting contrast with the simplicity of Bert Kitchen's Animal Alphabet (Dial 1984) and Wild Animals of America ABC (Lodestar, 1988) by Hope Ryden. An intricately woven book to return to again and again. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ