Wild in the City

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tucked in bed with her cat at her feet, Jenny hears a curious noise outside her window. Concluding that it must be the product of her imagination, she falls asleep. But wakeful readers may spy raccoons hiding in the treethe start of a nightlife parade. When Jenny's cat sets out to prowl the city neighborhood, it is joined by a nighthawk, which chases a moth, which is stolen by a bat, which is fooled by a skunk, and so on. While linking urban wildlife into a simple ecology, Thornhill's (Wildlife ABC) text and illustrations weave in entertaining elements: youngest readers will look for the elusive cat; older children will search out hidden letters spelling the feline's name; incidental details winningly provide pictorial continuity (a bat's shadow on the lily pond foretells its appearance; background objects hint at the passage of time). Portrayed in steeply pitched perspectives, this busy but tidy world invites readers to look closely and carefully. Informative endnotes round off a multifarious reading experience. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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PreS-Gr 2For children, it is exciting to realize that wild animals live around their urban/suburban houses and yards. This phenomenon is accurately and attractively portrayed in Thornhill's dramatic double-page spreads shown from the creatures' points of view. Whether depicting a soaring kestrel or a squatting toad, the drawings and informative, lively text flow smoothly to connect one event to the next. In the beginning, a little girl and her mother hear a mysterious churring sound at bedtime outside the window. Then the venue shifts outdoors to reveal raccoons eating the cat's food from her dish, a night hawk and a brown bat competing for the same fuzzy moth, and a skunk ripping open a trash bag. As day dawns, a robin feeds her nestlings, a mourning cloak butterfly hides almost invisibly on a tree, a gray squirrel guards her babies, a sparrow escapes a hungry kestrel, and a toad snags ants on its tongue. The book ends with a section of "Nature Notes" in which each species is described at greater length. The illustrations are detailed and crisply executed in color in a rather flat and decorative but still scientific manner. Only the human mother and child look like pale wooden dolls and detract from the overall presentation.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871569103
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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