This stunningly beautiful book is a celebration of the plants and animals throughout the world. The stage is set on the first two pages with a location map of the 16 habitats, home to roughly half of the animal and plant species. Many of the places will be unfamiliar (a half dozen or so for me):
- RAINBOW FALLS (Hawaii)
- BOREAL FOREST
- TEHUACAN-CUICATLAN VALLEY (Mexico)
- TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (Costa Rica)
- TROPICAL RAINFORESTS OF HONDURAS
- AMAZON RAINFOREST
- NIOKOLO-KOBA NATIONAL PARK (Senegal)
- SUNDARBANS NATIONAL PARK (India)
- KAHUZI-BIEGA NATIONAL PARK (Congo)
- TROPICAL RAINFOREST OF MADAGASCAR
- SINHARAJA FOREST RESERVE (Sri Lanka)
- SIKHOTE-ALIN NATURE RESERVE (Russia)
- QINLING MOUNTAINS (China)
- TROPICAL RAINFORESTS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA (Malaysia)
- TROPICAL RAINFOREST OF NEW GUINEA
- DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK (Australia)
Each of the habitats gets its own two page colorful spread and a description of what you will find there. The final pages are a WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE? feature. Each of the habitat pages return in a smaller size detailing the animal names, the number shown, and more information on some of the animals.
This short video gives you a peek at what’s in store:
Perfect as a gift or to be used as initial research, WILDERNESS begs to be opened and enjoyed. Here’s the official background from Prestel Publishing:
Wilderness: Earth’s Amazing Habitats
by Mia Cassany and illusrated by Marcos Navarro (April 2019; Ages 6-9; Hardcover $19.95; 48 pages) takes young readers to the planet’s wild regions, including forests, jungles, tundras, and deserts to discover the animals that call it home.
This captivating book brings the natural world into sharp focus. Beautifully colored and intricately detailed illustrations depict places as exotic and wide-ranging as Senegal’s Niokolo-Koba National Park, Russia’s Sikhote-Alin mountain range, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka, Daintree National Park in Australia, the Mexican desert, and China’s bamboo forests. The animals that live in these remote places, cleverly hidden in the trees, plants, and flowers, create a marvelous challenge for young readers to find and identify. Each spread contains more than twenty different species including birds, snakes, frogs, iguanas, leopards, tigers, gorillas, pandas, and wolves. The back of the book is filled with additional information about the animals and their habitats. Young readers will find much to discover, explore, and learn in this absorbing celebration of our planet and the amazing creatures we share it with.
MIA CASSANY is the author of numerous books for children including Atlas of Imaginary Places and Great Ports of the World (both by Prestel). She is the co-founder of Mosquito Books. She lives in Barcelona, Spain.
MARCUS NAVARRO is an illustrator living in Spain. This is his first book.
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