Each autumn, just before the onset of winter, a bear shows up in the rugged woodland behind a family farm.
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Jim Arnosky is well known for his "keen observations of nature and his fine artistic talent" (School Library Journal). He has written and illustrated many children’s books. Otters Under Water was called "first-rate natural history for the youngest" by Kirkus Reviews (pointer review), and School Library Journal wrote that in it "each of his creatures exhibits a distinct individualism." Every Autumn Comes the Bear was called "vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed" by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist wrote "Arnosky's radiant pictures have a dazzling sense of pattern and composition . . . and a sense of mystery. A beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach." School Library Journal said of Rabbits & Raindrops, “Perfect for story-time or lap-time reading, this book will give children a feeling of security and contentment.”
Jim Arnosky and his family live on a twenty-acre farm in Vermont.copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved. From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1-With spare text to accompany the stunning watercolor illustrations, Arnosky tells a simple story of the sequence of seasons. Knowing that winter is coming, a huge, black bear appears in the wooded hill behind a farm, searching for a resting place. Menacing the smaller animals who inhabit these woods, he follows each trail until he finds an appropriate den for his long sleep. It is the pencil and watercolor images that provide the excitement here, as each creature in turn is alerted to the bear's presence. Although they remain motionless and seemingly hidden, he knows they are there. One powerful double-page spread depicts a frightened raccoon huddled in a hollow log on which the bear stands as he drinks from a spring. Occasionally, the effort to sound poetic is a bit forced; the word juxtapositions used to create the mood seem awkward, as with the title. Nonetheless, the overall effect created by the few words on each page integrated with the large, colorful illustrations is a harmonious one. The size of the pictures makes this especially appropriate for group sharing, and the subject matter suggests that it could be used with other books about hibernation and the change of seasons. A welcome addition to picture-book collections that should prove to be popular with beginning readers.
Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY
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