Reviews for Nature! Wild and Wonderful

Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 June 1997
%% This is a multi-book review: SEE also the title "Can You Imagine?". %% Gr. 2^-5. In these two intriguing, autobiographical books from the excellent Meet the Author series, McKissack and Pringle introduce themselves and their books. McKissack stresses the importance of imagination as she describes her childhood, education, family life, and vocation as a writer in Can You Imagine? In Nature! Wild and Wonderful, Pringle explains that his early observations of wildlife led to his study of nature and his writing career and that (even after publishing more than 80 books) he still strives to grow as a writer. The quality of the photographs could not be ascertained from the review galleys, but other books in the series are notable for the high standard in quality and reproduction of the illustrations. ((Reviewed June 1 & 15, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
Published spring 1997. Each author tells a concise version of his or her life story. As in the other books in the series, the text is heavily illustrated with photographs, and when appropriate, illustrations. The format is accessible, the tone casual, and the information especially well suited to children doing author studies. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 1997 September
Three authors invite readers into their homes and workplaces, introduce their families and pets, and even offer a look through their family albums. In first-person narratives, they confide childhood dreams and fears and remember their early sources of inspiration. Their revelations are delightful: Asch pays homage to his boyhood hero, Roy Rogers, and shares a wonderful picture of himself with Roy in later years; McKissack describes listening as a child to storytellers in her own family and later telling her own stories to school classes; Pringle shows a journal of bird life with pictures he drew over 40 years ago. Each voice is different and individual personalities come through. The format is ideal for the intended audience, with plenty of white space between lines, wide margins, and appropriate vocabulary. Excellent, recent, full-color photos and/or old black-and-white pictures appear on every page. These autobiographies will entertain and inspire young readers. Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews