Wild Beings

Little, Brown. Apr. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316495516.
Gr 2-4–“We are wild beings. Born curious and strong.” A wolf howling, rabbits burrowing underground, geese in flight—lush, detailed watercolor illustrations of these and other animals from around the world combined with simple, spare text make this a powerful tale of animals in the wild. Cleverly incorporated into each illustration is evidence that we, too, share this wild planet: a small person waving in the distance, a kite flying along with the birds, human footsteps in the sand. The final illustration—three beautifully rendered children of different ethnicities—join a lion for a loud, wild, roar. Young readers will enjoy identifying or learning about the different animals, and delight in seeking out the subtle ways that human forms are incorporated into the pictures (which may take a second or third look). Educators can easily incorporate this text into lessons about animal characteristics and habitats, geography, expressive language, and more.
VERDICT Not just another book about animals, this will appeal to children of all ages

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