Becoming a Good Creature

HMH. Sept. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780358252108.
K-Gr 4–The collaborators behind Montgomery’s 2018 memoir, How To Be a Good Creature, return for a picture book version. Vivid language and emotive illustrations effectively depict Montgomery’s connection to animals. Montgomery observed the actions and behaviors of her first pet, a dog, which inspired her to learn more about animals. Her love of observation and research expanded to many more creatures, and her travels took her around the world. She lived in tents, hiked in jungles and deserts, and went wherever her work required her to go. The lessons she shared in her adult memoir have been reshaped for young readers. Green’s illustrations depict warmth and tenderness in every line and stroke of gouache.
VERDICT A thoughtful, gentle work that highlights the connection between animals and humans. This tender picture book will inspire reflection.

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