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Relaunch of an award-winning non-fiction series. Read and Wonder is an innovative and highly acclaimed series of non-fiction picture books about the real world. They're written from a very personal viewpoint, mixing facts with feelings, encouraging children to think, feel and imagine as they learn. These six titles include the talents of celebrated authors and illustrators such as Dick King-Smith. Barbara Firth. Anita Jeram and Karen Wallace.
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In examining the physical and biological stages of decay, Manning is more concerned with process than with atmosphere. In his eyes, a ruin isn't deserted; rather, one tenant has been replaced by another (or a whole host). When the human residents of his farmhouse left Scotland for America some hundred years back, new families soon moved in: swallows and barn owls, lichens and fungi, spiders and wasps and earwigs, and lots of bad weather. As part of the Read and Wonder series from Candlewick, the book has annotated notes that painlessly give the facts relating to what is happening on the page, but they are also uninspired globs of information. Manning's illustrations are first-rate watercolor-and-pencil renderings, and the detailed drawings of flora and fauna that accompany the notes are beautifully observed. A sweet tribute to ruins, but so tame it seems to cower. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
Ages 5-8. Because the title house is a sixteenth-century English dwelling, not a modern home going to rack and ruin, the scene is not depressing. Rotting floor boards become homes for "creepy-crawlies," which seem to perch gently, complete with shadows, on the white pages. While evincing a love of time's cyclical ways, Manning shows how natural forces move the house's building materials around (wall stones loosened by frost topple into the stream, providing shelter for brown trout) and teaches lessons about recovering historical sites and ecology. The book's nostalgic tone and pastoral setting are both fittingly captured in the watercolor-and-pencil artwork. Mary Harris Veeder
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