Books by Jonathan Pine

TREES by Jonathan Pine
by Jonathan Pine, illustrated by Ken Joudrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1995

Another entry in a successful and handsomely produced introductory nature guide series. Pine (Backyard Birds, 1993) takes readers on a brief tour of seven common North American trees while providing readers with well-intentioned guidance how best to identify and appreciate trees whether found in forests or on city streets. The trees profiled include gingko, maple, oak, ailanthus, willow, sycamore, and pine. Pine's tone is often inspirational (``Trees are the friendly giants of the earth'') and the text is sprinkled liberally with exclamation points (``Wear old clothes for hugging pines!'' If readers can tune out some of these excesses they will find this a highly readable and reliable survey. Joudrey's debut illustrations—carefully placed, restrained and very handsome oil paintings—are beautifully reproduced on the cream-colored paper; they contribute to the upscale book design although educators will notice the lack of labeled diagrams of tree or leaf parts. Such quibbles notwithstanding, Pine and Jourdrey have teamed up for a useful, pleasing addition best suited for larger collections. (Nonfiction. 7-10) Read full book review >
BACKYARD BIRDS by Jonathan Pine
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1993

A slim, attractive ``Nature Study Book'' discussing six species in a conversational, well-informed style, short on statistics or Latin names but describing habits, diets, nests, and appearance with a lively enthusiasm that will inspire readers to make comparisons and sharpen their own observation skills. The birds are all widespread in the continental US, some even in cities (the ubiquitous house sparrow is the only one that feeds scraps of human food directly to its young). Pine is even fond of the raucous starling, describing its mimicry as similar to ``someone switching from station to station on bird radio.'' The robin, house wren, hummingbird, and mosquito-eating nighthawk complete the roster; precise paintings of the birds in their habitats and a brief rundown of the standard guide series round out this inviting introduction. (Nonfiction. 6-11) Read full book review >