Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Where in the Wild? Camouflaged Creatures Concealed . . . and Revealed



text by David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy; photographs by Dwight Kuhn; Berkeley: Tricycle Press, 2007, unpaged. Non-Fiction
Using a deft combination of riddles, puzzles, and informative text, the creators of Where in the Wild? have produced a delightfully interactive book for children. On the left-hand page of each spread, a riddle in rhyme invites the children to guess what animal might be cleverly concealed on the right-hand page in Kuhn's photographs. Some are relatively easy to spot: the fawns in a field of flowers, for instance, or even the wolf. Some require a long stare and a re-reading of the clues in the poem. If you find yourself stumped, or just wanting to verify your guess, lift the flap on the page to see what animal, insect, fish, or egg is lurking nearly unseen, and to discover interesting facts about the creatures themselves. First-rate.

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