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2009 Award
Life in the Boreal Forest
( by Brenda Z. Guiberson/ illus. by Gennady Spirin, Henry Holt $16.99 Score: ) Each of the stunning paintings in this catalog of the Boreal Forest, the great northern forest, is breathtakingly beautiful. They are in the style of Audubon and other great naturalist painters. They breathe life into the creatures, give texture to their fur and feathers and capture a sense of place with snowy field, berry hedges, woody bark and leafy foliage. The text explains about the creatures that inhabit each of the scenes and does so in lyrical prose. Though each of the entries is long for the picture book crowd, this is a book to grow into. Share just parts of the text for the younger listener. Older children will return on their own if this is a subject that interests them...let's hope.

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