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Part art, part natural science reference book, Dieter Braun’s Wild Animals of the North is a pleasure to thumb through.
While my 3 year old finds its cover of a wolf eyeing her intensely with orange eyes rather intimidating, my 6 year old will spend time calmly flipping through the pages, examining the images. To me, there is something about this book that is calming. The art is reminiscent of old CP Rail train or ski posters from the the late 19th through early 20th century. I’m no artist, but what is that style: Art Deco-ish? Whatever it is, I find it to be an interesting use of line, plus the colours in Braun’s images are super rich and very earthy.
One thing that surprised me about this book is that, while every animal has its common and Latin names clearly labelled, not every animal has a blurb accompanying its image. Most do, but not all.
A simple aspect that I really appreciate is this book’s focus on animals that live in my part of the world. So often children’s books are full of animals from far-off places, like the continent of Africa; this book focuses solely on the northern hemisphere, including North America, Europe, and Asia.
If (you or) your child is super interested in animals in other regions of the world, there is a Wild Animals of the South available, too.
Recommended Age: 5-10 (and up!)
At the time of writing (4 Oct 2017), Wild Animals of the North and its accompanying title were about 35% off — great upcoming birthday or Christmas gifts if you like to get ready early.