What is a salt marsh? Do you know why low tide is the best time to see water birds there? Find out by following Jim Arnosky along the coast from Florida's Banana River to Bombay Hook on the Delaware shore.
Protected from the sea, salt marshes are a wonderful place to watch all sorts of wildlife, from pelicans to bears.
Jim Arnosky's large, color-saturated illustrations and sharp sketches bring out the beauty of the natural world.
Birds, manatees, and even wild ponies await you in the pages of this gorgeously illustrated book. Jim Arnosky's vivid art and careful observations of wildlife make him the leading naturalist writing and illustrating for children today.
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Jim Arnosky has been honored for his overall contribution to literature for children by the Eva L. Gordon Award and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for nonfiction. Many of his over fifty-five books have been chosen as ALA Notable Books by the American Library Association, including Drawing from Nature, a Christopher Award-winner.
The acclaimed artist and naturalist was inspired at an early age by the work of the American naturalists John Burroughs and Ernest Thompson Seton. For many years he concentrated on showing readers close-up pictures of the natural wonders found around his home in northern Vermont, where he and his wife, Deanna, raised their daughters, Michele and Amber.
Now, with both daughters married, Jim and Deanna have taken to exploring for wildlife in different parts of the United States. Wild and Swampy reflects their fascination with Southern swamplands and the creatures that live there.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-5-This travelogue describes observations made by Arnosky and his wife as they made their way from Florida up the East Coast in the spring. Its tone is casual and conversational, as the author muses about his experiences and what he's learned about these coastal environments. The book is more an appreciation of nature than an explanation of it, and it is as much about art as it is about science. The artist used pen and ink to draw whatever he saw, and then turned these images into realistic full-color illustrations that are saturated with natural light. This process works almost like an art lesson, as readers can see the progression from sketch to painting. Some of the illustrations are framed to look like photographs, while others resemble a view through binoculars. Often printed on the colored backgrounds of the pictures, the text is occasionally difficult to decipher, but the information is easy to absorb and complements the artwork well. This pleasant read makes a nice addition to the Arnosky oeuvre. A compass pointing north is a recurring illustration, but there are no maps to help children follow the journey.
Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110688171176
Book Description HarperCollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0688171176 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1199411