This is an excellent picture book biography about Audubon, and it’s wonderfully illustrated too.
I learned so much about Audubon and also about the his...moreThis is an excellent picture book biography about Audubon, and it’s wonderfully illustrated too.
I learned so much about Audubon and also about the history (and theories) of bird migration. His story is a very interesting one, though the bulk of this story covers a relatively short period of time.
The pictures are so engaging. There is so much to so many of them, and they’re created with a variety of methods and in more than one style.
I have to say that as a person with a huge sentimental streak, it was painful for me to read that on his birthday every year Audubon destroyed all the drawings he’d done the previous year. The book didn’t say how many year’s worth of (to me precious) drawings were destroyed. It always distresses me when writers, artists, composers, and other creators of work destroy their own works, especially when they do so because they think their work is not yet worthy of preserving. But all that was just a couple sentences in this book.
This book contains a lot of information on every page and is best suited to independent...moreReally stellar book, as I’ve come to expect from Steve Jenkins.
This book contains a lot of information on every page and is best suited to independent readers.
The information includes quite a bit about various events that happen over many measures of time (a second, a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, very quick, and very long) and, as with his other books, gives a lot of facts about nature and science, and also human history.
I love his ecological mindedness, and this shows itself in many of the subjects covered, including human population growth, trees cut down, oceans rising,
For instance: (in one week) “Human development destroys an area of forest equal in size to 550,000 football fields.” and (in one year) “Humans cut down 4,000,000,000 trees.” Yikes! I love the (in one month) “84,000 new books are published.” No wonder my Goodreads’ to-read list grows as quickly as it does! And 1,500 chickens are killed every second. I have no idea if Jenkins is a vegetarian but I am glad he included that statistic. (I actually tried to look up if Jenkins is a vegetarian but I couldn’t find out any information. I did find his website though and I plan to take a better look at it at some point.)
I love the pictorial timelines at the end: of the history of the universe, of earth’s population growth by continent 1750-2050, and Life Spans of various plants and animals. I also like the last page which lists some dates of importance in the history of time and timekeeping.
Absolutely wonderful illustrations, and many of them, as many are multiple mini-pictures on each page.
I appreciated how on the author-illustrator bio on the inside back cover, more time statistics of his life are given.
The only reason I’m not giving this book 5 stars is that even though I’m very interested in this subject, after reading for some time, I got a tad tired of so many facts. I think this is a book I’d have enjoyed as a kid, going back many times to look at certain pages.
4 stars for my overall enjoyment, 5 stars for the illustrations and the amount and type of information presented so 4 ½ stars
I wish Jenkins was a Goodreads author member. One of us should invite him.
I’m happy to read any book by him. I don’t think there have been any I haven’t liked.(less)
Somehow this didn’t wow me as I’d expected. The material is interesting re art, science, nature, and philosophy. Haeckel the zoologist is just as inte...moreSomehow this didn’t wow me as I’d expected. The material is interesting re art, science, nature, and philosophy. Haeckel the zoologist is just as interesting as Haeckel the artist. I thought I’d adore the prints, but while I enjoyed them, I didn’t love them. The text accompaniment, appearing early in the book before the many pages of prints, is interesting.
I’m not sure why I didn’t feel amazed by this book. I do recommend it to artists, naturalists, scientists, and anyone interested in the natural world and in art. Maybe most would be more impressed than I was.
There is a long queue of people who have this on reserve at the library, and the copy I have is almost due, so I can’t keep perusing it. I have to return it. I’m not quite interested enough in it to borrow it again and spend more time with it.(less)