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Title: Daylight Starlight Wildlife | Author & Illustrator: Wendell Minor | Publication Date: May 19, 2014 | Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books | Pages: 32 | Recommended Age: 3 to 8
Summary: 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.
My Rapid Review
My Thoughts: Daylight Starlight Wildlife is a beautiful work of art which reminded me of bedtime classics for young children such as Time for Bed by Mem Fox and I Love You as Much… by Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrated by Henri Sorenson. I never tired of reading these books which featured soft lilting rhymes while gazing at the gorgeous illustrations magically capturing a wide variety of wildlife on full page spreads.To be clear though… Daylight Starlight Wildlife is NOT a rhyming book.
Not only is Daylight Starlight Wildlife an absolutely beautiful book to thumb through but it is educational as well. Animals are depicted in their natural habitat engaging in behavior at the appropriate time of day. Children will see a majestic red-tailed hawk soaring high into the sunny sky and will flip the page to see a barn owl flying in the night sky with a bright full moon in the background. I love the inclusion of some more “unusual” animals such as the flying squirrel, the luna moth, an adorable family of opossum, and a bobcat and her kitten. It’s a bit of a shame that there were two different varieties of owls instead of a completely different animal (a bat anyone?), but there is still quite the diversity of animals depicted in the book with some of their key features described through the text.
I highly recommend this beautiful picture book as a bedtime book for children ages 3 to 8 and would think that it would be a great choice as a read-aloud book in a kindergarten or early elementary school class.
* I received a copy of this book free-of-charge from Penguin Books in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
More Buzz About the Book
“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
”Nicely illustrated book talking about the different animals that live outside during the day and the night. Great Fun Facts at the end of the book that gives quick info about all the different animals mentioned in the book. ” ~ Karin, Goodreads
About The Author: Wendell Minor