Did you know that the oldest insect lived more than 350 million years ago? That’s more than 100 million years before the dinosaurs! Did you know that a slug has three noses, an octopus has three hearts, and that an earthworm has no eyes, no nose, no ears, and no lungs, but it has five hearts?
By compiling facts that astound her and whet her own curiosity, Margriet Ruurs encourages young readers to observe the natural world around them and to share her sense of wonder and respect for it.
With stunning art and bright, brief text, Amazing Animals is a perfect introduction to a host of creatures – many of them endangered. Margriet Ruurs’ books, including A Mountain Alphabet, When We Go Camping, and In My Backyard are always irresistible invitations to marvel at the animals with which we share the world.
MARGRIET RUURS is the author of numerous books for children, including Wild Babies and A Mountain Alphabet. She has a Masters Degree in Education and has spent many years both writing books for children and teaching children about books. She has also spent a great deal of time hiking and camping in the mountains and traveling. Margriet Ruurs has lived across North America and now makes her home in Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.
Born in Timmins, Ontario, celebrated Canadian artist W. ALLAN HANCOCK has had a fascination with the natural world from his childhood days. Hancock’s artwork has been selected for numerous fundraising projects for conservation purposes. Among these honors, Allan’s artwork has been featured twice on the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp. He is also the youngest artist ever selected as Artist of the Year by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Allan’s artwork can be found in collections throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.
PRAISE FOR AMAZING ANIMALS:
“…beautifully rendered acrylic paintings…. It is an eclectic collection … it’s a good fit for those young nonfiction readers who enjoy absorbing bizarre facts.”
“…the detailed paintings and surprising details should captivate readers for whom an ideal Saturday would be spent touring a natural history museum.”
“An attractive compendium of critter facts, accompanied by…stellar acrylic paintings…. This book has great eye appeal for young browsers, and the olio of factoids may prompt further investigations by curious kids.”
—School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR IN MY BACKYARD:
“… A necessary library purchase, this is also sure to find a home on budding artists’ and young naturalists’ bookshelves.”
– Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR WHEN WE GO CAMPING:
“A dreamy, poetic text and rich, detailed paintings celebrates the pure wilderness….”
– School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR WILD BABIES:
“Exceptionally lifelike wildlife paintings will draw young nature lovers to this attractive book… [A] high-quality book well worth purchasing.”