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

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Ten creatures await, camouflaged in artful, full-page photographs, while playful poems offer clues about each animal's identity and whereabouts. Think you've spotted one? Lift one of ten gatefolds to find out. A full page of fascinating information accompanies each animal so readers can learn how nature's camouflage serves hunter and hunted alike. Why do fawns have spots d ...more
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Tricycle Press
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Sophia Triad
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Very nice photographs that demonstrate how some very interesting animals and creatures can camouflage themselves in order to survive.
The whole book is like a game that challenges the children to find the hidden animals. And then their story is told.

The creatures/animals/incects/fishes that are included in the book are:
-Graytree frog
-Killdeer egg
-Crab spider
-Green snake
-Red spotted Newt
Maddie Eriksson
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
The informational text "Where in the Wild?" by David M. Schwartz would be perfect for fourth or fifth grade classrooms. Not only is this book informative, but it is a fascinating read. Poems on the left page give readers an idea of what organism, whether it is an animal or an insect, that they may be looking for and then provides a brief description for why the creature needs to be hidden. The images clearly represent camouflaged organisms by showing the organisms how they look in nature and the ...more
Audrey's Picture Books
The photographs in this book are absolutely beautiful. Together, they give a very complete picture of animal camouflage, across several different types of animals. My only criticism of this book is that it tries to do too much. It wants to be both a nonfiction book on animal camouflage and a collection of whimsical animal poems. The intended result is for the poems to support the informative text by giving you clues to what animal is hidden in the picture. Personally, though, I felt like I was r ...more
Madison Harloff
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poetry and Non-Fiction
Grades K-5
Whether this book is read aloud or the students read it individually, a unique feature of this book is the mystery behind each poem. Students will love trying to figure out which animal the author is talking about from each poem. Better yet, the students can search and find in the picture to see if they are correct!
Date Completed: October 29
Jesse Cox
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Coming from a guy who finds nature fascinating (myself) I found this book a very fun read. This book is informative, and with an interesting approach of explanation by using the poems made it sort of like a game/scavenger hunt. Offers multiple lessons to children about nature, and the crazy stuff that animals can do
Larissa Hershberger
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Non-Fiction/Informational
Grade Level: 3-5
Unique Feature: This book shows animals camouflaged in their natural habitats. A poem is written to give the readers a clue as to what the animal is that is hidden within the picture. By using gatefolds, the readers can open the page to find where the animal is hidden and read facts about it.
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Classroom, reluctant readers
4 stars

My biggest pet peeve in non-fiction books is inaccurate facts. I would have rated this book 5 stars if it hadn't been exactly that - a misleading fact. "Coyotes, bobcats, and other members of the dog and cat families only see in black-and-white." I immediately had to check online to see if this were true because of a vague memory of hearing this myth debunked. While I didn't find enough information on coyotes specifically, I did find conflicting information in cats and dogs. A
Rosa Huerta
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Visually provocative and informative, this book is the perfect combination of scientific inquiry and artistic design. Where in the wild features 30 pages of a real-world hide and seek game. On the two-page scenic layouts throughout the book, there are real photographs of animals in their natural environments hidden by camouflage. Our job as the reader, or ‘predator,’ is to gain clues from the poem, and find the sneaky critters that blend almost perfectly into their habitat. If we do not see any ...more
Alicia Singleton
This book is about different animals/insect and how they use camouflage in the wild. I really enjoyed this book as an adult; it is interactive, while at the same time being informative. I think that anybody would enjoy this book, young or old. It is fun to look at and learn from. Anyone that likes animals would really enjoy this book. Even if you do not necessarily like animal, you would like this book. This book can be used for a number of different lessons; poetry, wild animals, and a type of ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: younger-readers
Where in the Wild? offers another different approach to the informative book. After a brief introduction, each spread has a poem about a creature that uses camouflage in nature. The poems incorporate a variety of text layouts that sometimes convey a sense of the rhythm or correspond to the theme of the poem or illustration in interesting ways. The graphic design of the left page also incorporates patterns, colors, and images from the facing photo. The right side of the spreads feature color photograp ...more
Michele Knott
Great informational text series. Students of all age will enjoy this series on different levels. The author and photographer have done an excellent job working together to write about and see the amazing pictures. Each photograph shows an animal in its camouflaged habitat. Going along with the gorgeous photo is a poem that gives you clues and information about the animal. Open the flap and see where the animal is hiding in the photograph and then read additional information about the animal. Stu ...more
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kids love learning about animals, so kids would appreciate this book. I would use this book when I want students to write their own poems about an animal or if they do a research project on a specific animal. This book would also be great for a read aloud that focuses on using context clues and making predictions. The book provides information on multiple animals, such as birds, snakes, fish, and spiders. For each animal, it provides a poem about the behaviors of each animal, so the students cou ...more
May 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book combines visual puzzles with vivid photography and inviting poems. Each page is dedicated to a single animal who is camouflaged in the accompanying photograph. The poems reveal information on the animal but remain poetry, nicely bridging art and information. The images are inviting, amazing and great fun. Fold out the page, and you find the answer to the visual puzzle along with some fascinating facts about the creature.

A welcome addition to any science book collection, thi
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed... and Revealed by David M Schwartz will take its readers on a scientific journey like no other. Clever little poems will give you the clues, now can you guess who is hiding in the Wild? Just open the flap and all will be revealed. Schwartz uses guessing games and camouflage to engage students in science. The exploration of nature and animals is only made more intriguing by the beautiful full page pictures taken by Dwight Kuhn. The harder you l ...more
Nancy Kotkin
Text: 5 stars
Art: 5 stars

Totally fun nonfiction picture book about how animals camouflage themselves in nature. The creative format uses real nature photographs as seek-and-find pull-out flaps, with the animal revealed on the page underneath. Poems on the opposite facing pages provide clues as to the hidden animal. The animals and their camouflage techniques are described on the inside of the pull-out flaps. A lot of solid educational value disguised as a game. Kids will be so
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book uses little poem type riddles to explain an animal. Then the reader is to use the clues from the text along with the camouflaged picture of the animal to try and guess what animal it is that the page is talking about. Can YOU guess what the animals are?

I would use this book as a discussion book in groups. I would read the pages and have the students broke up in different groups and take guesses at the animal. I would then show the picture and see if they can figure it out f
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book for children of all ages! Animals are pictured in these full-color photographs, camouflaged by their surroundings and readers can look to see if they can "spy" them. If they can't, they can lift the pages up and see where the animal was hiding and learn more facts about them. My boys LOVED this book! It's part of the Read to Lead in Wisconsin State Parks program for this year and that's how we discovered it!
Shelbi Bishop
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational, poetry
This book contains informational poems about creatures. It also gives photos for you to find the creatures in.

This book is great to help teach students infer, which will give them better comprehension skills. You can decipher each line, making guesses on what animal you think it is. In the end, you can look through the pictures and see if you can recognize it, then live the flap and it will tell you exactly what animal it is along with other information about it.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love it! The text is super-engaging and fact-filled, enticing learners to want to discover more. The photos are fun, and kids (both small group and one-on-one) enjoy searching for the hidden creatures. It is a little harder to pull this off with a larger group, but you could make a power point and project it on a screen for all to see. Perfect for preK-1st grade, develops reading skills and interest in science.
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Ten pleasantly familiar animals perch boldly exposed — yet cleverly concealed — in full page photographs tossing tantalizing clues to their whereabouts through an assortment of snappy, lyrical, comical and informative poems in this 2007 Cybils Non-Fiction Picture Book Award Finalist.

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Sue Pak
I love this book!!! It's a great fun book for children to read.
There are many photographs in this book of animals in nature that camouflage in order to protect itself. It is up to the reader to find the animals in the photographs! It also has a lot of information on the animals and what they must do in order to survive.

Very interesting book! I would recommend this to any grade. All kids will be engaged with this book. However, putting it to use probably would not start until 3r
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: monarch-2013
A very appealing book of poems about animals and camouflage that also includes interesting facts about the animals and how and why the camouflage they employ works. Kids who love Steve Jenkins will like these books, and it will make a great read aloud as well (though skip all the extra facts). The photographs are color-saturated and amazing. The lift the flap could be a little problematic in a school library, but well worth it. Well done.
Melissa Stewart
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad that this book has two follow up tiles (Where Else in the Wild? and What in the Wild?) because the game-like format really engages readers while promoting their observational skills. Each spread features a fun poem that gives clues about the animal that blends into the background of the accompanying phoot. If kids are stumped, there's an easuy fix. Just open the gatefold to see an opaqued version of the image with only the hidden animal shown clearly. What a fun book!
Ryan Miller
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fantastic book on animal camouflage, offering readers opportunities to find the concealed creatures, with a foldout page revealing the hidden pictures and offering detailed text about the methods and reasons for the deception. There is enough here to enthrall children from the age of 2 (my son) to at least the middle elementary grades, and likely older.
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: yes. people. kids. teachers.
Well this is fun! Cool photos, a bit of a game with the answers hidden yet accessible, and plenty of interesting facts about each animal under the flap. If I promote it, I know kids will check it out like crazy

The poems? Eh. I'll be honest and admit I skipped most to hunt for the animal. I think you did too.

Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful poetry, and an "I spy" quality with camouflaged pictures and a flip-back page to reveal the animal. I've used this book with a wide age range (K-4th grades) and it is always a hit. The text design and overall book design make this a book I love to give as a present. I'm surprised I haven't seen it on more non-fiction award lists.
Camouflage at its best! These animals and insects are incredibly hard to find, even with the poetic clues. Kids will have fun inspecting each expertly photographed puzzle. Where in the Wild?: Camouglaged Creatures Concealed...and Revealed, Ear-Tickling Poems is a masterpiece of nature's illusions.
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Amazing photos of camouflaged animals -- if you didn't know they were there, you'd glance right over them! Fascinating! Both kids and adults found this book to be lots of fun, and the kids got really excited to look for the animals in the follow-up books, Where Else In the Wild? and What in the Wild?.
Mrs. Wynn
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unlike most hide-and-seek books, this one show us the answer under the folded page. Camouflage always catches my students' imagination, and they love to look for the hidden animals. When I share this book with very young students (kindergarten or first graders) I only share one fact from the fact page for each animal. The photography is beautiful, and the book's layout is unique.
Judi Paradis
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Kids love this clever introduction to camouflage. Creatures are camouflaged in a photograph on each page. The text gives clues as to what animal is disguised and you have to look very carefully to see who is there. When you turn the page, the animal is brightly colored and the background fades to let you see if you were right!
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