Books by Yael Schy

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Eleven species that hide in the wild are described in poems, photographed in their natural habitat and revealed behind gatefolds, which, when opened, also include additional information. This sequel to the highly acclaimed Where in the Wild? (2007) is equally intriguing. It even includes some pictures that show more than one member of the species. The range of animals is extraordinary, including insects (from inchworms to ambush bugs) and all forms of vertebrates (from scorpion fish to white-footed mice and snowshoe hares). The poems, in a variety of forms, please the eye as well as the ear and offer useful hints for searchers, who will probably begin with the camouflage game Kuhn's beautifully reproduced photographs provide. The additional information includes both habits and habitats plus an explanation of how the creature's camouflage works. No information sources are provided. A teacher's guide for the previous volume available at the publisher's website offers pertinent suggestions for classroom use. For students as well as independent readers or browsers, this is a treat. (Informational picture book. 5-10)Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Not only do science and poetry blend nicely in this introduction to camouflage, but even sharp-eyed viewers will have trouble picking out the single small animals perched on similarly patterned backgrounds in Kuhn's nature photographs. The ten short poems that face each full-page illustration offer hints—" . . . nesting / outspread / wings of white / blend with birch bark / by day's light"—but for the impatient or less acute each spread includes a gatefold that, when opened, reveals a washed-out version of the same picture with the hiding animal highlighted, plus a leaf of illustrated commentary. Aimed at slightly more advanced readers than Noelle Oliver's Twilight Hunt (August 2007), this also features a wider range of creatures, from fawns and a coyote to a flounder and a crab spider. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)Read full book review >