Most of the Better Natural Things in the World

Chronicle. Nov. 2019. 52p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452162829.
PreS-Gr 3–A white tiger transports a yellow dining room chair on a fantastic voyage across varied landscapes. Each spread features a single topographic designation. The tiger swims, climbs, hikes, rows, and meanders his way across a tundra, estuary, atoll, cloud forest, and more. Occasionally, the tiger interacts with other animals such as bears in the foothills. A white bird and a brown mouse appear on many pages, which will intrigue sharp-eyed viewers. In fact, the illustrations, richly colored and consistently arresting, offer a visual feast. The four-page foldout, aptly dubbed “vista,” allows readers to share the tiger’s contemplation of a brilliant sunset. The journey’s end seems almost an anticlimax after the fabulous trip. Eggers supplies cursory definitions of terms in a glossary at the end. Some brief entries provide examples of countries or continents where the geographical feature is found. Others mention representative plants or animals or describe physical features.
VERDICT The wonderful illustrations will excite viewers about the natural world but libraries will want to have nonfiction titles on hand to satisfy childrens’ curiosity about the geographic features depicted.

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