Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wonders of Nature: Explorations in the World of Birds, Insects and Fish by Florence Guiraud from Prestel Publishing [Review & Giveaway-US/CANADA]

ISBN: 9783791373541
Hardcover - Ages 5-9 Years

Prestel Junior Publications
US $25.00  | CA $34.00

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My thoughts:  This is an oversized picture book that is stunning. What an opportunity for children to see these beautifully drawn creatures that abound in nature. This is an opportunity for them to see the creatures themselves and to see how an artist has creatively and painstakingly drawn their images.

See close up their antenna, their wings, their tentacles. See their diversity and their colors.

Art departments in schools need this book. School and public libraries need this book. Homes that have children who want to explore the intricacies of this World's creatures will want this book to look through and then to take out their own art supplies and replicate the images.

Is this a "drawing" book? No. It is an informational treatise with lots of fantastic information and grouping by the author that teaches and fascinates. Yet, it is an "art" or "drawing" book in that the detail is so grand that budding artists will want to try their own hand at creating the same or similar pictures of the creatures a nd wonders they find in nature.

And it is refreshing to see the fun side of the author/artist in that the animals have deliciously delightful and fun expressions. Look for it! It makes the book even more fun.

I highly recommend.

About the book:  A stunningly illustrated treasury of animals, this book will entrance and delight young children interested in the world of nature.

Bright-eyed birds, evanescent butterflies, tropical fish and other pleasures await the readers of this large format book that will appeal to young children's curiosity about the natural world. Reminiscent of the watercolors of Ernst Haeckel, John James Audubon, and Maria Sibylla Merian, these charming and expertly rendered pictures of birds, insects, and fish will provide hours of exploration. Presented in double-page spreads, interspersed with informative texts, Guiraud's illustrations capture the wondrous beauty that populates our oceans, forests, and fields. Her expressive illustrations create a sense of intimacy and empathy with the natural world and their exquisite detail rewards close investigation. Certain to captivate both children and adults, this magnificent book will instill in its readers a connection to the world around them and ignite a sense of wonder about all living things.

Begins January 13
Ends February 7 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA & CANADA addresses only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone, and are freely given. Prize book is provided by and shipped directly to the winner by Prestel Publising or the publicist.


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