I sure wish I'd had this book in hand when I volunteered to work to ban steel jawed traps in my state. It brings a personality to the barbarity.
I lovI sure wish I'd had this book in hand when I volunteered to work to ban steel jawed traps in my state. It brings a personality to the barbarity.
I love foxes! I hate steel jawed traps! This is a lovely true story about an injured wild fox and a woman (the author) who tended to him but also let him stay wild. (I do worry a bit that his trust in humans might be his ruination one day though.)
I was as awe inspired as the author about their developing relationship, of the trust that builds.
Thank goodness I got some chuckles over the fox’s human food treats because reading about his injury was highly disturbing, as was feeling concerned about his future.
Because the author does some research about foxes to satisfy her curiosity as she gets to know Vicky the fox (who never seems to get the name thing, thank goodness) the reader is treated to a delightful bunch of fascinating facts about foxes.
Highly recommended to most and appalled that this book is not more widely known by Goodreads’ members, or at least not rated and reviewed much by them. I have to assume it’s because it’s an old book, but it’s well worth finding and reading or rereading, and rating/reviewing here at Goodreads. (Thank you, Abigail!) Parents should know that Vicky’s extremely severe foot injury and its aftermath are described in gruesome detail.
I appreciate that on the inside front cover there is a photograph of a fox and I assume that’s Vicky. Just gorgeous! The rest of the pictures are illustrations and they’re really lovely. I love how the pictures alternate between full page and miniature size. They’re all eye catching and all beautifully complement this true story.
Really special, and I felt a vicarious pleasure while reading about Vicky and about Vicky and the author.
Vicky seems well able to take care of himself, but sensitive people, myself included, are going to leave this book wondering about how his life evolved and the circumstances of his eventual fate.
This is one of those picture books that’s equally as suitable for adults and teens as it is for children....more
This is an outstanding book (story and pictures and note/photo in the back) about an ex-slave veterinarian who believed in and taught kindness to animThis is an outstanding book (story and pictures and note/photo in the back) about an ex-slave veterinarian who believed in and taught kindness to animals. A horse he raised from its birth, he taught it to recognize the letters of the alphabet, colors, and do other remarkable things, all through patience and love.
I thought I’d heard of this horse, but it was actually another horse (mentioned in the author’s note) I’d heard of, and always thought the man was a charlatan. But Bill and Jim were a team, and this account makes clear Doc Bill believed in Jim and what they were doing.
What shines through most, and what I most liked about this story, is how this man and this horse did a lot regarding teaching children and adults to show that animals are capable of feelings and thoughts, and encouraging all people to treat all animals with kindness. This was a great message, and it’s still relevant today.
The illustrations are just wonderful, and the inclusion of a photo of Bill & Jim is a welcome inclusion. I love that Bill is shown from a young boy to an old man, and other horses and some dogs are also shown. Made clear is not only Bill’s kindness but his bravery also.
I got a chuckle the first time Jim came to Bill with a stick in his mouth....more
If ever a cookbook called for photographs it’s this one, of both the foods in their unadulterated state and of the completed recipes using them, but uIf ever a cookbook called for photographs it’s this one, of both the foods in their unadulterated state and of the completed recipes using them, but unfortunately there are no photographs included.
The contents are way, way too extensive to include them as I typically do when reviewing cookbooks.
I took FOREVER for me to read this book. I renewed it at the library too many times to count, also using two different library cards/reserves. The book was hard for me to read as it has a really dense feel. The upside of this is that it contains so much useful information.
I really liked this book, but it’s almost too overwhelmingly full. I wanted to love it even more that I did because the premise is so amazing. So many wild plants. So many recipes with so many ingredients. And, despite the fact that the author does foraging in the kind of urban area I’m in, I’m simply not likely to forage. This is a book I’d like to own though, just to have as a reference book. But only a very small percentage of the recipes are ones I’d make, even if I purchased (rather than foraged for) all the ingredients. I love the idea of them though!
This is a nearly perfect picture book biography. It covers just Jane Goodall’s work with the chimps (except for a very brief description of other aspeThis is a nearly perfect picture book biography. It covers just Jane Goodall’s work with the chimps (except for a very brief description of other aspects of her life mentioned in the author’s note at the end of the book.) It goes from when she was a little girl to a young woman and to her work that continues to this time. Most of what’s covered is Jane’s work with the chimpanzees but there is more than a mention of the problem of poaching and other atrocities committed against the chimps, and of Goodall’s dedication to working to protect them.
I love the humor shown, and I appreciated how Jane’s curiosity about animal behavior started when she was a child, and how she had a goal for her life in mind, and how she found what she was looking for in life.
This is an excellent book for young naturalists, young activists, and children who love animals.
I always want to love this author-illustrator’s art more than I do. I really liked the pictures but, as with other books by her I’ve read, I don’t fall in love with them.
This author-illustrator did an outstanding job with this book.
The pictures are gorgeous, and informative too. There are real photos taken by the KeartThis author-illustrator did an outstanding job with this book.
The pictures are gorgeous, and informative too. There are real photos taken by the Kearton brothers at the end of the book, and notes about what they did with their later lives, and a quote each by them. I love Cherry’s quote about himself so much that I’m quoting the crux of it: “There are some people…who are represented by pegs of such irregular shape that neither a square hole nor a round one will ever accommodate itself to them. For such people life can carry little happiness except in the rare instances when they are able to carve out an entirely new-shaped hole, never before thought of, but exactly fitting their pecularities.” Love it!
These two brothers basically invented nature photography, finding ingenious and unconventional ways to take photographs of birds and their nests, all in their spare time, and being responsible for saving uncountable numbers of birds’ lives when others emulated them and took photos instead of nests, hunting birds, etc. Their work became known when they created the very first nature book, published in 1895 by the publishing company they worked for.
It was inspiring to read about these young men’s passion and dedication, of how at least one let in stray cats to his city apartment to assuage the loneliness he felt as a transplant from country to big city Yorkshire to London, and of how the brothers worked together to accomplish the feats it took to get some of their photo shots.
So, beautiful paintings, fascinating information, and the fact that it’s a true story, make this one fine book. It will be of special interest to birdwatchers and those who are interested in birds, naturalists, photographers, painters, anyone with a passion of their own, and all unconventional young readers, aspiring picture book writers and/or illustrators, and anybody who can appreciate a fine non-fiction picture book. A complete delight!...more
I was a kid who liked vegetables and always wanted a garden so I think I would have really liked this wonderful bilingual (English & Spanish) pictI was a kid who liked vegetables and always wanted a garden so I think I would have really liked this wonderful bilingual (English & Spanish) picture book, all about it except for the one thing I wasn’t sure about now either: Erin, the girl in the story, looks sort of old, old enough to possibly not appeal to a preschool audience, though school aged kids can enjoy and learn from a book like this, and it probably is aimed at them.
The illustrations are otherwise lovely, and I especially liked the paintings of the individual vegetables and fruits.
The story is told in English and in Spanish; each page has a passage in English and then those same words are provided in Spanish, but even though English comes first, Spanish doesn’t look like a second-class citizen; this is a truly bilingual book, every page, including the title page. The only information not provided in Spanish, and this is a huge shame, are the description of the book inside and the author’s bio, which are on the inside front cover, and the and illustrator’s bio, which is on the inside back cover. But one plus is that each have a photo of themselves when they were young children vs. how they look at the time of this book’s creation. Nice touch!
Even if kids don’t like vegetables and don’t have an overriding interest in food gardening, they can enjoy this story of a young girl (I wish she looked a bit younger) whose parents don’t encourage her wish to garden, but whose next door neighbor older man offers her an opportunity to do so, to the practical and emotional benefit of them both.
If kids don’t know from which food pickles are made, they will by the end of this book. Both the story and pictures make the vegetables and fruits look delectable (in my opinion) and the friendship story is heartwarming.
This is a great book for English-Spanish and Spanish-English learning and is engaging in its own right....more
I’ve always been fascinated by another park builder, John McLaren, who helped create San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park starting with nothing but sand dI’ve always been fascinated by another park builder, John McLaren, who helped create San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park starting with nothing but sand dunes. So, given that I love both Golden Gate Park and Central Park in NYC, I was enthusiastic about reading this book about Olmsted, who helped design that park, and many others.
This is an interesting, and sometimes poetic, biography and history book, and the illustrations are gorgeous. I learned quite a bit about the man, the designing of Central Park and a bit about other park projects. This is a beautiful and engrossing book....more
As soon as I read the description I thought of César Chávez and lo and behold, he’s C, and also the book is (fittinglThis book is absolutely stunning!
As soon as I read the description I thought of César Chávez and lo and behold, he’s C, and also the book is (fittingly) dedicated to him. As it’s about the contributions of farm workers, this felt perfect to me. Also wonderful is that the illustrator grew up in a family who were migrant farm workers and he worked the fields as a young child. How special that he could turn such hardship into such vibrant and beautiful paintings. They’re really amazing. They’re bold and colorful and seem evocative of his childhood.
My favorite page is Q = Querer = Love because it depicts a grandfather (I’m nearly certain it’s a grandfather and not a father) sitting up against a tree reading to his grandchildren. Books & love!
I really appreciate that the alphabet here is A to Z using the Spanish words. Usually, it’s the other way around and English comes first.
Each letter has a poem, first in Spanish and then the same poem in English. I loved the poems; I thought they were so good.
I was touched by the poetry, by its meanings (including the ones about specific vegetables and fruits and flowers), and by the art work, and by the bilingual effort. This is a wonderful book for Spanish readers learning ESL and also English readers wanting to learn to read Spanish....more
I kept thinking that this book might be trying too hard, what with the cartoon drawings and the cutesy way it sometimes presents the material, but I tI kept thinking that this book might be trying too hard, what with the cartoon drawings and the cutesy way it sometimes presents the material, but I think it accomplished what it tried to do: provide some complex information in an easy to understand and entertaining manner. The facts presented are about size of creatures and why they’re just the right size, the ramifications of being big or small, and there is a lot about evolution included.
Overall, this is a fun and educational book, jam packed with detailed facts about all sorts of creatures who exist or have existed on earth, humans included.
The book is a pleasing small size and somewhat usually shaped; it has a lot more inside than the reader would guess from looking at its outside....more
I’m reading this late for the Children's Books group’s Picture Books Club. Last month’s theme was seaside/beaches and this is one of the selected bookI’m reading this late for the Children's Books group’s Picture Books Club. Last month’s theme was seaside/beaches and this is one of the selected books.
The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, making brilliant use of color. They’re so reminiscent of the sea and so large, I felt as though I was right there.
I kept thinking I’d read this; it seemed so familiar, but I love sea turtles and I think I’ve read other similar books, but not this particular one.
The account is lovely, written poetically, and the information would be a great adjunct to an ecology lesson.
I hope all readers hate the fishing net as much as the turtle and I did.
The author’s note at the end of the book adds greatly to the story. She relates fully honestly about the endangerment of sea turtles and obviously cares about their fate.