Books by Ron Broda

IN MY BACKYARD by Margriet Ruurs
Released: March 13, 2007

At night, during the day and throughout all the seasons, a backyard is a wonderful place for spotting wildlife. Among the animals that Ruurs highlights are wrens, a toad, spiders, bats and an opossum. A single lyrical sentence describes the action, while clues in the illustration lead readers to surmise the season: "The glistening trail of a slow-moving snail shows me where it searched for leaves and berries." Made entirely of sculpted paper and watercolors, Broda's awe-inspiring scenes have a depth and realism that draw readers in. And as if that weren't enough, readers get the extra treat of hidden details—he conceals a ladybug on each spread and a clue as to what animal will be featured on the next page. Backmatter includes a legend that tells more about the animals (and where the clues, but not the ladybugs, are hiding) and a guide to luring animals to your own backyard. A necessary library purchase, this is also sure to find a home on budding artists' and young naturalists' bookshelves. (Picture book. 3-10)Read full book review >
WATERS by Edith Newlin Chase
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

An introduction to water and water creatures in verse for preschoolers. A small brook joins a larger brook, the larger brook joins a river, the river leads to the sea—pleasantly familiar territory thus far. But in addition to the simple and sentimental (a small brook is called ``cunning'') text, Chase (New Baby Calf, 1991, not reviewed) provides several paragraphs of back matter about creatures—depicted in the illustrations—who live in and around the water. Those sharing the book with children have a handy resource of animal names for enlarging on the text in a discussion of the scenes. Broda has an unusual technique employing watercolor and paper sculpture—the scenes he creates are assembled and photographed rather like dioramas, and the crisp, intriguingly three-dimensional result makes the book stand out. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >