Through striking photographs of the undersides of animal feet, a wildlife photographer demonstrates how they reflect an animal’s size, speed and mode of travel.
This single-topic book is appealing in its simplicity. Its organization makes it easy to see the features that make walking, climbing, swimming, digging and jumping possible. A double-page spread shows a single foot against a black background accompanied by the phrase “Whose foot is this?” Turn the page to find the answer and a photo of the animal—tiger, leaf-tailed gecko, mallard duck, giant tortoise and kangaroo—in its natural surroundings. Opposite each animal portrait are four smaller images, including three more examples of feet used to move in the same way. The snapping claw of a lobster introduces the section on “extraordinary feet.” In all, Arndt’s remarkable close-ups demonstrate similarities and differences among 24 distinctive animal feet, flippers and claws. The author concludes with a photograph of his own foot, connecting these creatures with child readers. A helpful index allows readers to turn back to just the foot they want to see. First published in Germany in 2007, it is the photographer’s first children’s book in English.
A convincing display of animal adaptations from an unusual point of view. (Informational picture book. 3-8)