An introduction to some of North America’s weird and wonderful wildlife.
Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest is the largest remaining temperate rainforest on the planet. Every spring, this diverse ecosystem becomes home to a fascinating array of baby animals, birds, and other wildlife. From the adorably inquisitive Kermode bear cub through the ridiculously fuzzy glaucous-winged gull chick to the shimmering, squishy baby opalescent squid, the youngest inhabitants of the Great Bear Rainforest are all wonderful in their own, unique ways. Nature photographer McAllister’s stunning images are paired with colorful, simple, thoughtfully designed captions stating the names of the wildlife pictured. Since the book includes land mammals, birds, and marine life, the photographs also provide an introduction to the habitats that form the rainforest’s ground, canopy, and waters as well as a glimpse into the creatures’ homes and, at times, dietary habits. The book is visually stimulating without being overwhelming, making it perfect for very young readers who are more engaged with pictures than with text. The careful selection of unusual creatures also makes it more interesting than the typical baby-animal book. Older children will enjoy the photographs but may wish for more information than the book contains; McAllister’s collaborations with Nicholas Read (A Whale’s World, 2018, etc.), while aimed at early-elementary children, may be a better bet.
A gorgeously rendered set of photographs and captions that will delight the family’s littlest naturalists. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)