Friday, July 20, 2007

19. Gone Wild by David McLimans

Nonfiction book annotation
By: Angela Wilcox

40 pages

McLimans, D. (2006). Gone wild: An endangered animal alphabet. New York: Walker & Company.

Author Creditability: David McLimans is an illustrator that has won several awards for his editorial illustrations. Some of these awards include an Award of Excellence from the Society of Newspaper Designers and a Certificate of Excellence from Print magazine. His work has appeared in New York Times, Washington Post, Harper’s and Time. This is his first children’s book to write.

Summary: This is not your ordinary alphabet sequenced book. McLimans takes each letter of the alphabet and adds endangered animal characteristics to the black letter on white paper. It then has a small text box on the page with a red full image of the animal and it tells the class, habitat, location, threats to the animal, and the status of its endangerment. In the back you will find more information on each endangered animal in the book.

Most Important Access Features: There is an introduction page written by McLimans that lets the reader know how he chose the animals to put in this book. He also explains the categories of endangerment that are used in this book to let the reader know how endangered the animals are. There are headings at the top corner of each page with the animals name as well as the alphabet letter for that page which is done in display faces. The information of each animal is in a text box on the same page as the letter illustrated as the animal. In the back of the book each animal is displayed in a text box with more information on it and there are web sites as well as books that can be used for future studies on endangered animals.

Description of Illustrations: This book has illustrations on the end pages done all in red of some of the endangered animals in the book. All the letters and animal characteristics on the letters are done in solid black on white pages. The display faced letter, the full image of the animal, and the border of the text box is done in red. The book states that the illustrations were created using pencil, pen, brush, India ink, Bristol board and a computer.

Grade Level & Uses: K-up; I believe this book could be used in the lower grades if the teacher read the text to them and was trying to make them aware of endangered animals. The upper grades could use this for research on endangered animals and on studying different forms of art.

Standards: Life Science; Art

Related Texts & How Related: The following books could be used along with Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet to discuss endangered animals.

Almost Gone by Steve Jenkins
V for Vanishing: An Alphabet of Endangered Animals by Patricia Mullins
Endangered Animals by Rhonda Lucas Donald

Caldecott Honor Book
Named one of the ten best illustrated children’s books of 2006 by the New York Times Book Review

Personal Response to Book: I loved the illustrations in this book. McLimans does a wonderful job of using black ink only on white paper to make the animal characteristics in the letters stand out. The book states that you will never look at the alphabet the same and this is true. I am now constantly looking at different letters and wondering what I could turn them into.

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