Books by Ani Rucki

WHEN THE EARTH WAKES by Ani Rucki
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

This concept book examines the temperate climate's annual cycle, describing each season in poetic language; in spring, for example, the earth ``throws off her snowy blankets, and dances with fresh, soft breezes.'' As the year passes, the earth moves through a metaphor that conjures a day in the life of a child, with spring as wake-up time, summer the flush of play, fall the evening of a long, active day, and winter as bedtime. This level of symbolism is clear and straightforward. Then Rucki adds a mother bear and her cub, illustrated boldly in colored pencil, also moving through the year, from hibernation to hibernation; it's incongruous, because the cub doesn't mature from one winter to the next. The mother-baby image, however, does provide empathetic opportunity for the youngest of the intended readership, for which the book, with its large typeface and elemental visual style, is most appropriate. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >