Got a mystery lover in the family? A budding detective perhaps? Well, sharpen up the old deduction tools and open up this glorious exploration of mysteries in nature. Ten different creatures are featured within and each begins with a clue delivered in the form of a poem. There is plenty of rhyming, a touch of haiku and even a concrete poem to consider because the poem will give you all the information you'll get to explain the beautiful but mysterious photograph on the facing page. The question for you is what are you looking at and what creature made this odd looking thing? Make your guess and then open the flap and reveal the answer along with several easily understood paragraphs of information dedicated to this special animal or insect. One or two might be easy enough for the younger members of the family if you are a gang that tends to wander outdoors together. Others are going to require a bit more knowledge and skill. You're going to have to have some nature savvy working for you. What a marvelous-filled with marvels- and entertaining collection of insights into how clever creatures are and how fascinating their survival mechanisms are for us. Get your magnifying glasses and your Sherlock Holmes' caps ready! Ages 8-12 44 pages
What In the Wild?
Tricycle Press, August 2010