Search Results: "Jim Arnosky"


BOOK REVIEW

FROZEN WILD by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A welcome addition to the eye-catching series that began with Wild Tracks (2008). (suggested reading) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Continuing his exploration of the world around us, a wildlife artist takes readers to icy polar habitats far from his Vermont home. Read full book review >

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TOOTH & CLAW by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Smartly focused on characteristics that will most interest young animal admirers, this is an attractive addition to a popular series. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Powerful acrylic paintings and detailed pencil sketches introduce awe-inspiring predators whose jaws and claws support their carnivorous diets. Read full book review >

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AT THIS VERY MOMENT by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2011

"Children lucky enough to encounter this book will feel connected, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a gentle rhythm, unforced rhymes and near rhymes and perfect pacing, this bedtime story encourages children to think, dream and wonder about the lives of animals in the wild. Read full book review >

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ALL ABOUT MANATEES by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"A well-researched addition to both libraries and junior naturalists' shelves. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Part of the launch of Scholastic's republishing of Arnosky's All About...books in paperback, this displays all the trademark characteristics that have made the author such a staple in the nature and animal sections of libraries. Read full book review >

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FOLLOWING THE COAST by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"As such, it will disappoint readers in search of hard facts about salt marshes, but those who want to spend some time on the road with one of children's literature's most enthusiastic observers of nature will be rewarded. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Follow the author and his wife on their annual drive from Florida to Delaware as they travel from salt marsh to salt marsh, observing and sketching the wildlife therein. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE WILD WESTERN SKY by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

This companion piece to Following the Coast (2004) takes the author-illustrator and his wife out into the Great American West, photographing and sketching cacti, cowboys, arroyos and wildlife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"This personal look at a popular subject is sure to please. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Stating that "[t]oday's mystery could be tomorrow's science," a veteran wildlife observer ponders the existence of such legendary creatures as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster. Read full book review >

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ONE WHOLE DAY by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"His love and appreciation of the natural world are very evident in this title; he just needs someone to help him with his words. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The wild ponies of Assateague Island capture the imagination of nature artist Arnosky (Turtle in the Sea, p. 948, etc.), who describes these beautiful creatures from sunrise to sunset using handsome double-paged acrylic paintings and a nearly rhyming text. Read full book review >

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RATTLESNAKE DANCE by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"This reptilian jamboree just doesn't have the finger-snapping, hip-swaying rhythm of Libba Moore Gray's Small Green Snake (not reviewed) or Gail Jorgensen's Crocodile Rock (not reviewed). (Picture book. 5-7)"
The author of All About Rattlesnakes (not reviewed) proves a better naturalist than songsmith here, preceding an eerie lyric about a cavern full of rattlers in a trance, swaying in unison with a musical arrangement (done by Christopher Drobny) that features a spoken portion, a bewildering array of repeat signs, and notation for two dances supposedly on "page 32"—though the book's pages are unnumbered, and there is but one dance described on the last page. Read full book review >

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WATCHING DESERT WILDLIFE by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Glorious colors—the emerald green of a Sonoran whipsnake, the pink stain of a pronghorn's waterhole—lift the desert landscape and its creatures out of the dust and into the light. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)"
Arnosky (Crinkleroot's Visit to Crinkle Cove, p. 892, etc.) departs from his usual wildlife settings with a trip to the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts of the American Southwest. Read full book review >

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FISH IN A FLASH! by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"All that's missing is how to kill a fish—one suspects that what this gentle artist likes best is to admire his fish and then set them free. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
In joyful text and expressive drawings, an artist-naturalist makes vivid the bliss of a favorite sport. Read full book review >

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EVERY AUTUMN COMES THE BEAR by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Again, real natural history in a lovely book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a brief, conversational narrative, Vermonter Arnosky describes a bear arriving on the rocky, wooded hill near his home, disturbing a bobcat in his explorations, taking a last drink from the spring, clawing a tree, and choosing a den for the winter (``Nestled there against cold rock, with only fat and fur to keep him warm''). Read full book review >