It is sometimes difficult to explain to young children about animal food chains, prey, and how wild creatures devour each other to allow continuation of life. Hence, it is entirely refreshing to see an extremely well done book targeted at a wide age range of children that eloquently shows us many animal species purposely "helping" another animal species to live a longer and more comfortable life. Yes, you heard right. Not eating them, but selflessly helping them. The over-arching message is nothing less than beautiful and truly amazing. Especially since these acts are actually done in real life. This is surprising and very pleasing. Especially, for a child's science subject book.
Besides offering well written descriptions of these selfless acts, rhyme and humor are used to captivate readers of all ages. This works very well for this subject.
Just when you thought these pages couldn't possibly deliver any more positive attributes, BANG! You get overtaken by the beauty and just-detailed-enough exceptional illustrations. The colors and textures are the best we've seen in a children's book in 2014. Just enough of humor in the picture story, while also delivering just enough true realism. Even the locations appear to be well thought out. The pages will prove captivating to all, especially in true print form (book).
Our best books each year are chosen in October. We have decided to award this book our "2014 Top Pick" in the Children's Science Picture Book category.