Under the Wild Western Sky

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9780688171216: Under the Wild Western Sky

Saddle up!

Fresh from an extensive trip out West, naturalist Jim Arnosky returned to his drawing table bursting with scenes to paint and information to share. He evokes the excitement of seeing buffalo, horses, sandhill cranes, prairie dogs, rattlesnakes, and other amazing animals in their natural settings in some of the best paintings he's ever done.

Called "an inspired teacher" by Roger Tory Peterson, Jim Arnosky conveys information and easy, useful outdoor tips in a friendly manner that encourages children and adults alike to learn about nature. With an engagingly personal narrative and art that records places and animals he has seen, Jim Arnosky shows just how enjoyable wildlife watching can be.

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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.

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Gr. 2-4. In an engaging wildlife portrait that has the flavor of a journal, naturalist and illustrator Arnosky takes children on a tour of some favorite western places. Ranging from black-and-white pencil sketches to full-color acrylic paintings, beautiful illustrations, well-labeled and exquisitely detailed, picture diverse wildlife and settings. The first-person narrative, which is both informational and entertaining, incorporates facts and anecdotes gathered during Arnosky's travels with his photographer wife, Deanna, including encounters with desert snakes, longhorns, and buffalo, and time spent with modern-day cowboys. It also gives readers entree into Arnosky's artistic inspiration, whether derived from the intricacies of a saddle or the timeless allure of the western landscape and big sky. Children will enjoy some stunning art, including a dramatic portrait of a buffalo in motion and the closing illustration of silhouetted figures on horseback against an orange-hued sunset. An affectionate, reader-friendly account. Shelle Rosenfeld
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