Serengeti: Plains of Grass

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Peachtree Publishers
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11.1 X 9.7 X 0.5 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author
Leslie Bulion has graduate degrees in oceanography and social work. She has written parenting and education articles and is the author of several children's science-related poetry books and novels. When she's not writing, she enjoys exploring nature with her binoculars, hand lens, and camera; collecting specimens to examine under her microscope; or going SCUBA diving and or kayaking. Leslie lives in Connecticut.

Becca Stadtlander, illustrator and fine artist has illustrated a number of children's picture books. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently lives and works in her hometown of Covington, Kentucky.
★ "The Serengeti comes to life in all its color and glory through illuminating verse, matter-of-fact narrative, and captivating illustration. Bulion once again makes science accessible and imaginative. . . . Stadtlander's renderings embody the expanse through spectacular colors, shading, and brushwork. . . . A STEAM book in the truest sense as it ­inspires curiosity through art and science."--School Library Journal, Starred Review

"The poems are scientifically informative ("wildebeests feast on shorter swards / oxpecker birds are stowaboards"), evocative ("butterflies flutter at nectar wells"), and a delight to read ("low-ground growth is nimbly used, / fleet gazelles nibble gnu-mown grass"). Another highlight is the thoughtful detail in the expressive paintings. . . . Stadtlander is especially gifted at portraying the beauty of the Serengeti at various times of day. . . . Charmingly illustrated and beautifully written. . . ."--Kirkus Reviews

"Dramatic watercolors spread across the pages to convey the expanse of grassland. . . . Absolutely fascinating on many levels, the wilderness is brought to life even for readers living a world away from Africa via vivid language reflecting the stark sounds and sights of an ancient ecosystem in motion. ' . . . This nonfiction picture book is a veritable feast for a curious child 's hungry mind."--School Library Connection

"Bulion presents a vibrant picture of Tanzania's Serengeti Plain and the animals and plants that reside there, employing lilting half-rhyme quatrains. . . . Rich gouache and pastel art by Stadtlander provides atmosphere through vintage-inflected depictions of wildlife and sweeping landscapes portraying the plains at different times of day and year. A reverent and educational portrait. . . ."--Publishers Weekly

★ "Attractive and informative, this will please browsers and information seekers alike."--Booklist, Starred Review