Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Pushing the boundaries of nonfiction
A STRANGE PLACE TO CALL HOME: THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS HABITATS AND THE ANIMALS THAT CALL THEM HOME by Marilyn Singer with illustrations by Ed Young. Chronicle Books 2012.
Nonfiction and poetry? Strange bedfellows, right? Singer writes in various forms to describe ice worms, limpets, and blind cave fish: creatures that live in inhospitable places and manage to survive. Ed Young's collage illustrations are a perfect complement to the poetic language. <497>
A ROCK IS LIVELY by Donna Hutts Aston with illustrations by Sylvia Long. Chronicle Books 2012.
Igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary: rocks can survive for millions of years. Aston uses two sets of text. One is poetic while the other presents lots of facts about rocks for the reader. Beautiful illustrations of geodes, crystals, and other rock formations splash across the double page spreads. <498>
SEYMOUR SIMON'S EXTREME EARTH RECORDS by Seymour Simon. Chronicle Books 2012.
Coldest? Hottest? Most remote? These and other records (rainiest, iciest, etc.) are all presented in double page spreads. Kids who love Guinness Book will like this slice of trivia. <499>