Self-taught artist and naturalist Jim Arnosky has written and illustrated over 90 nature books for children, as well as illustrated over 50 books by other authors. Kirkus Reviews has called his work "first-rate natural history for the youngest." Jim divides his time between Vermont and the Florida Keys. Visit Jim at jimarnosky.com.
PreS-Gr 1‘In Arnosky's shimmering world, five bunnies emerge from their nest under the hedge for the very first time. Romping in the sun-drenched fields, meeting grasshoppers, spiders, and bees, the baby rabbits' curiosity is evident even as they stick close to their mother. A sudden storm causes them to hurry back and huddle inside their shelter, where other animals join them as they watch honeybees fly between the raindrops. Then the rain stops and the six reemerge to "play rabbit tag in the sun." The simple text carries readers along rhythmically and naturally as the day unfolds. Drawn from the animals' perspective, the glowing illustrations are precise in their depiction of the wildlife; the bright, vibrant watercolors flow from hot yellows and luminescent greens to the muted blues of rain. Each double-page spread draws readers into this fulfilling microcosmic view of the natural world. Perfect for story-time or lap-time reading, this book will give children a feeling of security and contentment.‘Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI