Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Animals Everywhere

Animals Everywhere
Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire ~ Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1940

The miracle workers at The New York Review have been handpicking important and wonderful out-of-print children's titles for reprint in their Children's Collection, and the results are remarkable.

I had never seen this book until I stumbled on it in a book store today. Like most people my age, Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire's book D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths was a staple, and my sisters and I spent hour upon hour pouring over its pages. The tale of the imprisoned man who has his ears licked clean by a snake and can then hear the voices of termites as they plot their next meal made a huge and fantastical impression on me. So seeing the words D'aulaire and animal together on one book cover today nearly made my head spin.

Far to the South live the animals that like very hot weather.
There is never cold and never winter, and the sun burns all through the year.

Originally published under the name Animals Everywhere, the new edition is called D'Aulaire's Book of Animals, and it's a fold-out tale told in lavish illustration tracking wildlife from the hottest of hot climates to the coldest of cold... from yawning hippo to floating narwhal. The original version, isn't fold-out but told in back-to-back color-B&W rotation. THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. Flipping through the pages I almost can't believe how awesome it it. This definitely bodes well for the rest of the books in the series, and as soon as I finish writing this post, I'm gonna be off in search!

Also by:
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
The Terrible Troll-Bird
Benjamin Franklin
Don't Count Your Chicks


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