Sunday, December 22, 2013



Are you still shopping? Need gifts for animal lovers?

I fell in love with Nic Bishop's work several years ago. This year I've found a new wildlife photography series, EYE ON THE WILD, by Suzi Eszterhas, that would be terrific gifts or additions to any classroom library. SEA OTTER and ORANGUTAN were both nominated for the CYBILS. When I checked to find out whether there might be others in this series, I discovered that that Eszterhas has published CHEETAH, LION, GORILLA, BROWN BEAR. TIGER and ELEPHANT will be released in June, 2014, but they are available for pre-order now.

SEA OTTER AND ORANG-UTAN trace the lives of animals from birth until adulthood. The books are full, full, full of interesting facts but read like narratives; they'd be terrific mentor texts for kids who were trying to write factual narratives or animal reports. Each book has an end page, "More about …" with ten facts that kids are going to love.  And of course each page contains one or two or three of Esterzhas' beautiful full color photographs.

Perfect last minute gifts!

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