Monday, November 17, 2008
Nonfiction Monday: Living Color by Steve Jenkins
This animal-themed nonfiction picturebook showcases animals for several colors – red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, and pink. In each of these colors, Jenkins talks about where the animal's color comes from or what it means or is used for – camouflage, mating, warning, etc. Each of the illustrated animals has a caption to pique interest, then a longer paragraph explaining their color. In the back of the book, there are general explanations of how animals get their colors and more on what an animal's color means. In addition, there is a glossary giving details on each of the animals pictured in the previous color sections. An interesting book for browsing or for those interested in general animal characteristics.
Verdict: Steve Jenkins is always a reliable choice for nonfiction. This isn't quite as good a read-aloud as some of his other titles, but still a really excellent selection. Recommended.