Books by Kim Michelle Toft

THE WORLD THAT WE WANT by Kim Michelle Toft
Released: July 1, 2005

In a "house that Jack built" pattern, Toft introduces readers to the many habitats that overlap to support the multitude of life on "the world that we want." The rain forest filters the air, the reef feeds the tide pool, the mangrove follows the river. From air to ocean, she highlights the interconnectedness of aquatic habitats in the basic text, but the conservation message hinted at in the title is only clear in the notes at the end. "Many of the habitats in this book are threatened by pollution, deforestation, or climatic changes. If these habitats are destroyed then each one of the species that lives there is put at risk." The unique artwork is painted silk, giving the effect of cloisonné. Older readers will be challenged to find the 45 rich, jewel-toned creatures hidden amongst the flora and beautiful watery backdrop. Brief informational notes correspond to the numbered animals in miniaturized versions of the illustrations. A gorgeous look at the interdependence of life on this earth, and a treasure to share with a youngster. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)Read full book review >