Very young children are taken on a tour of the countryside and encouraged to take an interest in the natural world. 12 different animals are featured, including a fox in the field, rabbits on the hillsides and a squirrel nibbling a nut.
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Alan Baker is a celebrated author and illustrator who has worked on over forty children’s books, including the successful Little Rabbit series. His numerous awards include the Gold Creative Circle award, Silver Campaign Press award, and the Benson and Hedges Illustrator’s Gold award. He lives in Brighton, England.
Kindergarten-Grade 3-- An introduction to the actual life of the wild animals found in Beatrix Potter's books, although here in full size with full color. Baker introduces in simple prose the English countryside seen from the mouse's-eye view of the title characters. They are not fearful prey when they observe predators, but simply observant bystanders whose job it is to take note of the wild residents of the expansive country that Baker sets as his purview. The text is simple, with an occasional extra comma. The pictures are large and detailed, with full backgrounds of natural fauna in colors so vivid as to verge on the fantastic. The countryside is neat and clean, with none of the real mud that even armchair tourists know can be found in such haunts. The distant backgrounds are occasionally whited out to emphasize the animals and flowers that frame the pictures quite decoratively, and the perspective is sometimes exaggerated, giving a surreal, dreamlike experience of things out of scale. A lovely coffee-table book for Anglophiles. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
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Book Description Scholastic, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110590464043
Book Description Scholastic. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0590464043 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1162470