Baby Animals Spots & Stripes
January 06, 2015
6.0 X 5.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.2 pounds
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About the Author
After graduating with honors from high school, Phyllis attended Rhode Island School of Design where she received a B.F.A. as an illustration major. Phyllis has worked as a designer for Hallmark and was the assistant art director for Hopkins Art Center at Dartmouth College after her graduation from RISD. She was a freelance graphic designer for over 25 years, doing everything from logos to opera and ballet promotion pieces. She never lost sight of her original dream of becoming an author/illustrator, however, and in 1995 her first children's book, Counting on Calico, was published. Since then she has published many other stories with subjects ranging from pets and wildlife to ethnic tales. Phyllis lives in Savannah, Georgia.
Photorealistic, black-and-white images of baby animals dominate this infant-oriented offering.Newborn and infant eyes will appreciate the high contrast. Black-and-white images of a bunny, raccoon, turtle, snake, owl, duck and two kinds of fish appear against alternating black and white backgrounds. While in many such efforts images tend to appear flat and lifeless, the baby animals shown here are rendered in considerable detail. Appearing textured and lifelike, each exudes charm of its own. The baby owl and duck, in particular, look downright cuddly. The final double-page spread--rendered, surprisingly, in full color--features an African-American girl and a Caucasian boy contentedly playing with a box full of toys. Notably, most of these toys resemble the very animals that have appeared on prior pages. Adults can prompt little ones to connect the black-and-white animal images they have seen previously to the toys that appear in the final, colorful spread. This slim volume is a lovely introduction to books for the tiniest babes.