One Night, Far From Here Hardcover – 1 May 2013
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A revealing worldwide bestiary that introduces animals in their habitats. --Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
About the Author
Julia Wauters started studying textile printing and screen-printing in France, before studying illustration at l'Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. She met there the members of the collective Troglodyte, as well as Glen Chapron with whom she launched the illustration magazine Ecarquillettes.
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This is just perfectly put together. Both me and my son love this. Not only have we read this over and over, we have started our scrapbook studying all the animals that are mentioned. Love the book
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The way the book has been designed is very cool. It introduces animals in different environments, from the tundra to the rainforest. For each environment, there are clear pages with images overlapping a base background image. Each clear page has animals for a different time of the day, from morning to day to night, so you see how each environment looks with nocturnal and diurnal animals.
A great book to give to a kid to teach them about animals! And a great one for design-loving adults as well.
1) The African Savannah
2) The Russian Taiga
3) The Amazon Rainforest
4) The Deep Sea
5) The North American Forest
Each region is explored across three pages. The first two are plastic overlays and the third is a complex and beautifully illustrated page that immerses the reader in the biome. The first plastic overlay features 3-5 creatures, typically insects and arachnids. The second plastic overlay reveals most of the fully illustrated page, but conceals many of its elements until this plastic page is flipped. The text on each page gives the full name for the familiar and exotic fauna and flora. Most are easy to pronounce, but I admit I had to look up "wacapou." Each section displays and names 12-18 animals. The final two pages (side-by-side when opened) shows each animal from the entire book. My son loves to play "I Spy" with these animals, and it's a lot of fun. Can you spot the difference between a vermillion flycatcher and a chaffinch?
This book is visually captivating, and the poetry of each page will keep this book engaging for many, many readings. My two-year-old insists we read this multiple times a day, and he even tries recreating each page with his animal toys. We borrowed this from our local library and had to own it ourselves. This is not your typical children's book - I highly recommend "One Night, Far From Here."
Children and adults alike will enjoy discovering the double page spread at the end that shows and names the creatures that have appeared throughout the book. By encouraging readers to go back and take a closer look at the book, Wauters reminds us to do so in the world as well; there is always more life to uncover.
By concluding with a White child "not too far from here," and connecting it with a particular ecosystem, Wauters implicitly makes a distinction between "here" and "there." However, she resists an exoticization of "there" by portraying creatures "here" that are just as unusual as the ones in the African savannah or the Amazon rainforest.
Though very young children may find the vocabulary a bit obscure, they will relish the images and enjoy the opportunity to learn about a greater variety of animals than are on display in most books for children. I recommend this book to any readers who love animals and who love to learn about the world around them by looking more carefully.
The slightly oversized dimensions - 12 inches x 10 inches - make it a great lap book for sharing with a child!
Parents of very young children may wish to know that there are some mild depictions of animals hunting:
An owl has caught a vole.
A wolf chases a hare.
A wolverine squares off with a sable.
None of it is even remotely graphic or frightening, but the book is best suited for children who are comfortable with the idea that some animals eat other animals.
The vocabulary makes this book a very special find for the preschooler's read-aloud library. I have never seen a better book for encouraging children to use illustrations and context as clues as they puzzle through new words. "A generuk feasts on acacia leaves", for example, will naturally lead the child to the illustration to try to figure out what the generuk is. Who is eating leaves? Well, it's that little deer-like creature in the corner! Hello, generuk!
The powerful and purposeful action verbs in this book would also make it a great "spark" for elementary school writing projects. The twirling moths, scampering mink, shuffling boar, and dancing jellyfish could inspire any young writer.
The rich illustrations are the third and greatest triumph of this book. They are spectacular - loaded with details to pore over and talk about. It is as fun for a child to pull from the shelf to study alone or with a friend as it is to share as a read-aloud with an adult. The end papers, alone, are a treasure.
This book deserves far more positive attention than it has received.
In an era when children's books seem to be getting weaker and thinner, this one is a winner!