Synopsis from HarperCollins:
ILLUSTRATED BY WATERSTONES PRIZEWINNER, NICOLA O’BYRNE
What if you could see through the eyes of an animal?
Dive, splash, soar and prowl through the book as you see the world through the eyes of some of the world’s most amazing animals. Take in the view as you soar like an eagle, gaze through the eyes of a prowling tiger, become part of a protective elephant herd, and much, much more.
This intimate look at the world through the eyes of some of the world’s most amazing creatures will take you from the snowy lands of Antartica to the heat of an African desert. Perfect for children aged 3 years and up, this is a gentle introduction to nature which will encourage questions and open up discussions.
Discover the world of animals in a whole new light.
About: What the Animals Saw is a children’s nonfiction picture book written by Louise Greig and illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne. It was published on 6/8/2021 by HarperCollins 360, paperback, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, nonfiction, and animals. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 5. According to the publisher’s website, “Harper 360 is our global publishing initiative, publishing books in English from HarperCollins UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India offices and books in Spanish from HarperCollins Iberica and Mexico offices. We publish in all genres of adult, children’s and YA books, and in all formats—print, e-book, and digital audio.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading What the Animals Saw as a story time for my toddler on 8/16/2021 and again on 8/19/2021. A fantastic read, this book introduced kids to so many different animals, from elephants to penguins to eagles to octopus to gorillas and so many more. I loved the illustrations. Among the reasons, one was the large drawings of adult animals like elephants and penguins to show readers how the little babies would feel safe being protected by them. I would love it if the author decided to show readers of the eagle protecting its young in a nest instead of hunting for the hare. Same goes for grizzly bears hunting salmon. I don’t know if grizzly bears take care of their young ones or not but it would be great to read about them. I loved how the illustrations showed each animal’s habitat like the gorilla up in the trees and the octopus in a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea.
This book opened up to tiger stripes. Readers will see a baby elephant and the baby elephant saw a herd. He’s being led by his mom or sisters or aunts because they have formed a protective wall around him. Next readers will see a baby penguin chick. The chick’s parents huddled together to form a barrier to keep the chick safe from the Antarctic storm. Another page showed a gorilla holding on to her child, cupped the baby in her large palms and they will stayed cuddling, climbing, and clinging onto each other. The rhino on the other hand, saw each other and instantly thought of each other as a rival. They glared, flared nostrils, and snorted in fury. They will fight to claim that part of land. There are other animals in this story with different situations.
What the Animals Saw was a fantastic book for kids. My toddler loved learning the names of different animals. She learned diver as her new word from this book as well as mushrooms and many more. I do like seeing different animals in its own habitat hunting for foods. How it prowled silently and camouflage itself around its surroundings to stay hidden. I loved the quick facts at the end of the book with each picture of the animals and its names. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Louise Greig is an award-winning poet and a children’s picture book author. Her debut picture book for Egmont, The Night Box, illustrated by Ashling Lindsay, has been translated into 10 languages and was nominated for the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal as well as being shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Her second picture book, Sweep, illustrated by Julia Sardà, was nominated for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in Aberdeen. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and Info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to HarperCollins 360 for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.