Synopses & Reviews
Dearand#160;axolotl: Why do you have feathers growing out of your head? Axolotl: They aren't feathersand#8212;they're gills! They let me breathe underwater.
Let's face it. Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces. Observing another person's features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad. And when we look at an animal, it's hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings. This isn't true, of course. Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive. and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Packed with many cooland#160;facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book capturesand#160;twenty-fiveand#160;humorousand#8212;and very trueand#8212;explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.
"A visual and verbal feast, this book deserves a place on every library shelf. " - Boston Globe/Best Children's Books of the Year
"Makes geology fun and visually arresting" - Entertainment Weekly
"Another beauty from Aston and Long... Eye-catching and eye-opening." -School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;From a skilled team, another intriguing invitation to explore the animal world.andquot;
andquot;Itand#39;s a splendid introduction and a memorable read-aloud for young children.andquot;
* andquot;Loaded with nuggets of information and layered in humor, this is a winning picture book that is sure to inform as well as entertain.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
* andquot;Jenkinsand#39;s torn-paper creations emphasize the idea of interspecies dialogueandmdash;readers stare face to face with the animals, who happily divulge what makes them special.andquot;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;The language of the questions is funny, varied, and irreverent, and the answers are as personable as they are compactly informative...Though the text is accessible for reading alone, the QandA format is a natural for a lively and unusual readaloudandmdash;funny voices optional but recommended.andquot;
From the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Butterfly Is Patient comes a gorgeous and informative introduction to the fascinating world of rocks. From dazzling blue lapis lazuli to volcanic snowflake obsidian, an incredible variety of rocks are showcased in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this book introduces an array of facts, making it equally perfect for classroom sharing and family reading.
The Caldecott Honor-winning duo get face-to-face with unique animals from around the world in this playful exploration of unusual animal facial features.
About the Author
Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of many acclaimed picture books for children. She also manages a non-profit foundation, The Oz Project, and has established an annual Teen Writer's Workshop, both of which serve underprivileged Mexican teens. She lives in Mexico.
Sylvia Long is the illustrator of many award-winning books for children, including the classics Hush Little Baby and Sylvia Long's Mother Goose. Her detailed paintings are inspired by her love of nature. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.