A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Identification of various animals and the sounds they make. Distinguishing hidden shapes and forms. Introduction to poetic language.
The night is full of wonder, not frightening. Animals live full lives among us, and have their own habits and routines. Respect for the natural world.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson (In Plain Sight) illustrated by Katherine Tillotson, is a dreamy, poetic book about animals in the night woods. Some passages rhyme and some don't, but all are poetic, incorporating animal sounds to recreate the hushed moodiness of night. Because the animals in the art are partially hidden in the dark woods, there's a search-and-find element as well. Capped with a suggestion for the reader to sail to sleep, this makes a lovely bedtime choice.
Is It Any Good?
Kids will be all ears and eyes as they're read aloud this poetic book about animals slipping stealthily through the night woods. All Ears, All Eyes transports readers to that dusky, darkening hour when sight dims and we strain to see animals who are awake and moving about. Throughout, the language is elevated and poetic. Some passages may be easier for kids to grasp than others. Some very catchy ones are short and sweet, for instance, "Vole hole," "Deer here," and "What scoots between roots?" Others might initially be a little more slippery, but will gain meaning on rereadings, for instance, "Nature's ark glows, gathers tiny and tall, splendid and small."
Readers' eyes will adjust to the dusky, indistinct forms disguised in Katherine Tillotson's clever art as they would to the dim light of dusk and growing darkness. And the suggestion of sleep at the end is a perfect cap to the experience, in this dreamy book that feels as magical as a darkening day.
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