Tooth and Claw: Animal Adventures in the Wild


Rugged traveler Ted Lewin has

  • swum with hungry sharks!
  • been chased by angry bears!
  • snuck up on sleeping tigers!
  • come face-to-face with venomous snakes!

... and lived to tell his story!

Risking his life to take dozens of shots as risky as the jacket photo, this thrill seeker fills the pages of Tooth and ...

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Rugged traveler Ted Lewin has

  • swum with hungry sharks!
  • been chased by angry bears!
  • snuck up on sleeping tigers!
  • come face-to-face with venomous snakes!

... and lived to tell his story!

Risking his life to take dozens of shots as risky as the jacket photo, this thrill seeker fills the pages of Tooth and Claw with stories, drawings, and photos that very well could have been his last!

Author/illustrator Ted Lewin relates fourteen of his experiences with wild animals while travelling the world, following each anecdote with facts about the featured animal and its habitat.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Lewin describes his exciting encounters with creatures both large and small, from a charging sea lion in the Galapagos Islands to a pouncing Bengal Tiger in India to a hardworking dung beetle in Botswana. An action-packed travelogue pleasingly illustrated with black-and-white photos and sketches. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Is there anywhere in the world that Ted Lewin hasn’t visited? This may well be the question that readers will ask after finishing this volume consisting of 14 travel pieces--brief vignettes, really--describing Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator (Peppe the Lamplighter, 1993) and sometime author Lewin’s up-close-and-personal adventures with all sorts of creatures in all sorts of habitats in the US and around the world. From Alaska to the Galápagos Islands, from Alberta to Botswana and many points in-between, Lewin has had adventures that many would-be travelers could only dream about and maybe envy. He’s swum (albeit involuntarily) with a bull shark in the Florida Keys; witnessed garbage-foraging elephants (who are also Elvis fans) and meat-eating chimps in Uganda; ridden through an Indian jungle for a glimpse of a very rare Bengal tiger; been almost attacked by crazed raccoons in Georgia; and gotten to know a dung beetle probably more than was absolutely necessary. Through it all, he’s schlepped a 40-pouind backpack, while his camera and sketching supplies have never been far off. Good thing, too, Lewin’s typically wonderful drawings are here, along with on-site photographs. Some of his experiences are humorous, some terrifying, all are fascinating. The author’s straightforward writing style makes these journeys great read-alouds, too. Appended to each adventure are Author’s Notes that put habitats and creatures in context. Perfect for armchair travelers and animal lovers. (maps, glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688141066
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/18/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST LIBRARY BOUND
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Lewin grew up in an old frame house in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, a chimpanzee, and an assortment of more conventional pets. The lion was given to his older brother, Don, while he was traveling as a professional wrestler, and he shipped it home. The family kept Sheba in the basement fruit cellar until Don returned and their mother convinced him to give it to the Buffalo zoo.

Ted always knew he wanted to be an illustrator. As a child he copied the work of illustrators and painters he admired, including N. C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Velázquez, and Goya. When it came time to go to art school (Pratt), he needed to earn money to finance his education. So, following in his brother's footsteps, he took a summer job as a wrestler — the beginning of a 15-year part-time career that eventually inspired his autobiographical book I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler. Ted's career as an artist began with illustrations for adventure magazines, and it's only over the last several years that he has devoted his time to writing and illustrating children's books. "I'm having more fun doing this than anything I've ever done before," he says. He is an avid traveler, and many of his books are inspired by trips to such places as the Amazon River, the Sahara Desert, Botswana, Egypt, Lapland, and India. His Market!, published in 1996, showcases markets around the world, from Uganda to Ireland to Ecuador.

Touch and Go is a collection of stories about the adventures Ted had while researching his books. Gorilla Walk is his first collaboration with his wife, Betsy, and is about their trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. They've just completed their second collaboration, Elephant Quest, set in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Ted's current project is about a Civil War drummer boy.

Ted and Betsy live in Brooklyn, New York, where they share their home with two cats, Slick and Chopper.

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