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Dogs and Catsby Steve Jenkins
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«“Jenkins has created a book that reaches beyond the mundane and into the spectacular. . . . A treat not to be missed. . . . ” —School Library Journal, starred review
This visually stunning, oversize paperback (with French flaps!) is a dog book . . . until you flip it over to make it a cat book. The dog and cat meet in the middle, sharing a cozy rug. Steve Jenkinss cut- and torn-paper collages are exquisite, a fine match for the lively narrative that explores animal characteristics and behaviors as well as the role of cats and dogs in human history. A wonderful, accessible, beautiful way to learn about animal science, and nature from one of the nonfiction greats!
"Man's best friend and its feline counterpart receive some stunning paper collage treatment in Jenkins's (Actual Size) latest work. The two-in-one format offers wide-ranging facts presented in an easy-to-digest, conversational style (with a flip of the book, dog lovers and cat lovers can zero in on one or the other). Section headings in red typeface introduce substantial text blocks and lengthy captions, which touch on topics from ancestry and hunting skills to anatomy and body language. Both halves also include a spread of 'amazing facts,' and another entitled, 'I wonder....' The latter offers explanations for the more unusual characteristics of each animal, such as why cats chase their tails ('They still enjoy acting out this hunting behavior') and why dogs might roll in manure ('A wild dog will roll in the dung of grazing animals to hide its own scent, allowing it to sneak up on its prey'). Jenkins's trademark cut- and torn-paper vignettes, with their subtle shadings and fuzzy or crinkled textures, are so carefully crafted that images of a few of the creatures (e.g., the English mastiff, the Siamese cat) could almost pass for photographs. The book's middle spread acts as a transition, depicting both a cat and dog stretched out on the same green rug, beneath the heading, 'Friends or enemies?' (and alongside instructions to 'turn the book over and start from the other side'). No matter what side readers are on, they'll come away with a better understanding of both species. Ages 6-10. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Pet lovers are in for a real treat with this unique two-for-one picture book that flips over to reveal a doggy-dominated cover on one side and a cat-centric cover on the other. Now in paperback, this book is a delightful read no matter which way you turn!
Once again Jenkins takes children's nonfiction to a new level. Here is an amazing book filled with great information, visual facts, and lots of animal history along with incredibly realistic illustrations.
Are you a cat lover? A dog person? Either way, this book is for you! Read about how your favorite companion came to be a pet and how its body works. Then, flip the book over and find out about the other kind.
Once again Steve Jenkins takes childrens nonfiction to a new level. Here is an amazing book filled with great information, visual facts, and lots of animal history. The illustrations are so incredibly realistic, youll want to pet them!
About the Author
Steve Jenkins is the acclaimed author and illustrator of numerous nonfiction books for young readers including The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest, winner of the 1999 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for nonfiction. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and three children.
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