Upon opening the book, the reader can tell Jim Arnosky has taken time to really get to know and admire his subjects. His brilliant acrylic paintings and pencil drawings capture the rich details. He chronicles the minute as well as the big and bold, and adds actual size silhouettes to those he has enlarged for ease of viewing. The book includes several fold-out pages, which always intrigue children.
Jim Arnosky is a naturalist, a writer, and an artist. He has written many nonfiction children’s books about animals and the natural world. At one of his presentations at a local library a few years ago, he sang a song and then shared that the words to his books often came to him in the form of songs and/or rhymes. The first person narrative sections of this book definitely show his love of poetry and song. They are beautiful to read aloud.
The illustration of the golden-silk spider on the cover of Creep and Flutter will surely entice young readers interested in insects, spiders, and nature to give it a try. The bold illustrations and admiring text will keep them reading to the very end.
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Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (April 3, 2012)
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