Daylight Starlight Wildlife (Hardcover)
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In amazingly lifelike, luminous paintings, Wendell Minor, one of America’s finest wildlife and landscape painters, reveals the variety of animals that surround us when we are awake and when we are sleeping.
Minor’s vivid introduction to diurnal (daytime) and nocturnal (nighttime) creatures invites readers to experience the movements, sounds, colors, and textures of nature. By day a red-tailed hawk soars through sky, and by night a barn owl silently swoops through it. In the daylight a family of fluffy cottontail rabbits hops into a field to forage for food, and under starlight a family of pink-nosed opossums does the same. As day turns to night and night to day, amazing critters large and small come and go. Children will enjoy comparing and contrasting the roaming habits of the wonderful wildlife that surrounds us.
About the Author
Wendell Minor’s mission is to inspire children to go out into the fields, woods, and mountains to see wildlife in its natural habitat and gain a positive perspective on the world’s beauty. He has traveled all over the United States to research the art for his many novel jackets and picture books, which include How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?, My Farm Friends, The Buffalo Are Back (by Jean Craighead George), Look to the Stars (by Buzz Aldrin), and If You Were a Penguin (by Florence Minor). His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Museum of American Illustration, the US Air Force, the US Coast Guard, and NASA, and he had a major retrospective, Wendell Minor’s America, at the Norman Rockwell Museum in 2014. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. Visit him at www.minorart.com.
* “Gorgeous. . . . Minor relies on simple, lyrical text and stunning, full-color paintings to share characteristics of each creature, as he takes readers from day to night and back again. Many of the critters will be familiar to children, while several are lesser known. . . . Appealing, realistic illustrations. There are two pages of “Fun Facts” . . . with some interesting additional information for the most curious. This lovely title should find a spot in all collections and will likely inspire greater outdoor observation and appreciation.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“An album of contrasts. . . . The attraction of this invitation to explore daytime and nighttime worlds is visual: appealing gouache-and-watercolor animal portraits display Minor’s characteristic use of light and color, meticulous detail, and appreciation for nature. . . . For storytime or laptime, another beautiful rendition of the natural world.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Minor’s bucolic imagery suggests abundant space for humans and wildlife alike, and even if this green world is not an everyday reality for all readers, Minor’s gentle scenes will draw them in.”—Publishers Weekly
“In his signature representational artistic style—detailed, luminous, and pristine—Minor compares and contrasts diurnal and nocturnal animals.”—The Horn Book