Brian Wildsmith's Animal Gallery
Written by Brian Wildsmith
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The Lovereading4Kids comment
In this stunning visual introduction to all kinds of animal families Brian Wildsmith’s jewel-bright illustrations give a snapshot of everything from a pride of lions to a company of parrots and a party of rainbow fish. These are pictures to pore over again and again and again.
Here at lovereading4kids we were thrilled to see that Wildsmith’s publisher in the UK was bringing out new editions of his classic picture books. Animal Gallery is quite simply breathtaking. It’s a glorious visual introduction to the animal kingdom that will inspire a love of nature and a respect for animals from the earliest age and delight toddlers everywhere.
Brian Wildsmith on his illustrations:
‘Picture books give an opportunity for a marriage between painting and illustrating . . . I believe that beautiful picture books of the right kind are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child’s appreciation, which will bear fruit in later life.’
Tributes to Brian Wildsmith:
‘Brian Wildsmith is one of the most original and influential picture book makers in the world, particularly in his use of colour and space.’ Anthony Browne, Children’s Laureate 2009-2011
‘I have always known Brian Wildsmith’s work. His illustrations are visually exciting and lively, full of activity and colour. Combined with the composition, I find them truly amazing.’ Catherine Rayner, Kate Greenaway Medal winner 2009
‘My childhood was full of books but just as the sixties burst into life, there seemed to be something similar happening in children’s books. Floods of colour exploding across the pages with a name to match: Wildsmith. He was a wild smith. I remember feeling really envious: why hadn’t I had books as lush and wild as these?’ Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007-2009
Brian Wildsmith's Animal Gallery by Brian Wildsmith
Discover a lepe of leopards, a company of parrots, and a stream of minnows in this glorious visual introduction to the animal kingdom sumptuously illustrated by internationally acclaimed picture-book artist, Brian Wildsmith. This beautiful book will delight young animal lovers. Through evocative paintings, children are brought face to face with wildlife from around the world. Brian Wildsmith has captured the essence of each animal - from the playfulness of otters to a noisy gathering of parrots. His panoramic pictures also give a real sense of the animals' habitats - from a sun-soaked plain where elephants roam to icy Antarctica where penguins huddle together. Collective nouns - some familiar, others wonderfully surprising - are used to describe each group of animals. This is a book that will inspire a love of nature and a respect for animals from the earliest age.
About the Author
More books by Brian Wildsmith
Oxford University Press
1st March 2010
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