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. Volume XVI Number 2. . . .September 11, 2009
Wild Animals was first published in 2007 as Que Animales! by Ediciones Tecolote in Mexico. This book is an excellent example of a title where both text and illustrations are extremely competent but which together create an exotic work much stronger than each of its parts. This creative picture book, aimed at children aged 2-5 but possessing features which will also capture the interest of older children, is an introduction to a variety of wild animals from around the world.
Eduardo Bustos has a degree in biology and a background in teaching at both junior and secondary levels. He describes 11 fascinating animals, (Hippopotamus, Yak, Hyena, Koala, Leopard, Sloth, Fox, Spectacled Bear, Fennec Fox, Spotted Owl and Lion) in just a few sentences with a double page spread being devoted to each. Readers learn of their habitat, country or continent of origin and some special feature or features that make them unique. The information provided is told from the animal's perspective and is just enough to tantalize, encouraging readers to learn more about these intriguing creatures. The language used in this small book has a spareness and gentleness which verges on the poetic.
Aileen Wortley, a retired librarian, lives in Toronto, ON.
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