A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess, and Deanna Nikaido, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world.
Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature’s markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore’s lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species.
“In their brevity and directness, poems and photographs have much in common, Alexander points out in a note in this striking collaborative book….The words cut deep: ‘Remember, we are part of forever.'” — The New York Times
“…a stunning journey through the animal kingdom…Alexander’s haiku is lively and at times deceptively light, containing lines that carry with it the staggering weight of conservation and extinction, hope and loss… VERDICT Ideal for sharing one-on-one or with a small group, this impassioned and timely call to reevaluate our relationship with nature is a must-have for poetry collections.” -–School Library Journal Starred Review
“…bursts of poetic commentary to dozens of dramatic close-ups, mostly of creatures classified as endangered or threatened… Beautiful photos, with an impact heightened… by the accompanying words.” – Kirkus
“The world’s threatened species are celebrated in gorgeously hued colored photos and haiku in this engaging informational picture book… Sartore’s eye-catching photographs, accompanied by Alexander’s poetry—movingly affirms that “our actions matter” and may lead readers to endeavor to help save these endangered species.” – Booklist
“Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature’s markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one.” – The Children’s Book Review
Animal Ark Nominations and Awards:
2018 Notable Poetry Book by the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry Committee