Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Puddle Pug by Kim Norman and Tooth and Claw by Jim Aronson
Puddle Pug by Kim Norman is a cute children’s book illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi that celebrates the joy of puddles. Percy the pug leaps and frolics through all kinds of puddles but naturally the one he likes the best is already claimed by a mama sow and her piglets, forcing him to either find an alternative or provide a reason for them to share. The dynamic drawings and delightful words elicit such a sense of joy that one cannot help but smile when browsing through this fun read. I think that this book would provide great entertainment for a young child and give a warm fuzzy feeling to anyone who loves animals and admires perseverance.
Tooth & Claw: The Wild World of Big Predators by Jim Arnosky is a slightly oversized and beautifully illustrated children’s book that does a nice job of introducing various predatory mammalian species, particularly the felids with a nod to the intimidatingly large Green Anaconda. There are lovely fold-out pages that have additional drawings and facts and an intriguing afterward from the author/illustrator that details the research that went into the production of this book.
I love the exquisite depictions of not only the animal being described but the other details such as a sketch of the skull of some of these impressive predators or the pawprint comparisons. I was disappointed that there was not more detail about the tiger as that is a predator that I have always been fascinated by but this is still a beautiful book and an excellent teaching tool to demonstrate some of the remarkable members of the animal world.
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I received a copy of these titles in return for an honest review.