Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals – Nicola Davies, illustrated by Petr Horáček


      Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals – Nicola Davies, illustrated by Petr Horáček, Candlewick Press, (9780763691608), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

Genre: Non-fiction, Poetry

What did you like about the book? The amazingly diverse animal species that can be found around the world are the subject of short, informative poems in this oversized, dramatically illustrated book. Entries are organized into sections on size, color and shape, action, babies, and homes that bridge numerous continents and biomes. For instance, the section on animals in action features a cheetah, followed by Arctic terns, then a koala, sloth, fireflies, and bees. The heavy, glossy pages, loaded with dramatic illustrations make this a treasure for browsers.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for readers in grades 1 – 3. Would also work with younger readers if accompanied by an adult to assist with reading and interpreting the text.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in 811 with poetry books.  

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  1/17/18

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