Happy New Year! I absolutely love the new year! One of my new year’s resolutions this year is to be more intentional. And part of this is paying more attention to the world around me and appreciating the beauty in our world. So it’s fitting that my first review of 2019 is Florence Guiraud‘s Wonders of Nature: Explorations in the World of Birds, Insects, and Fish (Prestel, 2018).
Wonders of Nature shares beautiful sketches, watercolors, and engravings Guiraud arranged in an oversized (perhaps too oversized for younger hands) book whose pictures will appeal to young and old readers. My little guy and I had particular fun looking at all of the different owls’ beaks. I also LOVED the Long necks page.
This is definitely a book that can grow with readers. Whereas younger readers will enjoy the pictures, older readers can learn to identify the different animals on the pages and in the real world and then do more research on their own.
My critique of the text revolves around the text’s prose. The book’s preface and section introductions are written in language seen more in a resource book than a children’s text, and I would have liked the several random directories in the text to be more connected to individual spreads.
This book helps us think about the power of slowing down and recognizing the beauty that is within the world around us. In fact, after I hit publish in just a few seconds, my little guy, who loved this book, and I are going on a walk!
Wonders earns three stars.