North & South: A Tale of Two Hemispheres – written and illustrated by Sandra Morris.

North & South: A Tale of Two Hemispheres, written and illustrated by Sandra Morris. Candlewick Press, 2021. 9781536204599

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?   Beautiful illustrations, done in watercolor and salt, complement this month by month view of wildlife in Earth’s two hemispheres.  The book begins with an introduction that discusses the hemispheres, the seasons and threats to the planet.  Included is a conservation status key that will accompany each featured animal.  The book begins with January and “Cunning Camouflage.”   In the northern hemisphere it is winter and two animals from the Scottish Highlands are featured.  The southern hemisphere is experiencing summer with a look at the green tree python. Each double page spread takes a look at a specific characteristic of animals, one from each hemisphere. Also included is a small map indicating where the animal can be found.  Other months focus on varying topics including: “Mothers and Babies,” “Armored Animals,” “On the Hunt,” and “Feisty Fathers.”  The book includes a glossary, an index, and “Extra Information” with further reading and ideas for how readers can help.  The front and end pieces feature a world map with colorful silhouettes of the featured animals placed on the map.  This is a book that young naturalists and those interested in conservation will pore over.   

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Hand this to readers interested in nature, animals and conservation.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 599.091

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 7/9/2021     

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