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Predator and Prey: A Conversation in Verse
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Susannah Buhrman-Deever Bert Kitchen
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Predator and Prey: A Conversation in Verse

Susannah Buhrman-Deever Bert Kitchen


Candlewick Press,U.S.

Poetry (Children's&YA);
Wildlife (Children's&YA);
Educational: Sciences, general science;
Social issues: environment & green issues (Children's&YA)


32 pages

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Who is the predator, and who is the prey? Illuminating poetry and vivid artwork capture the awe-inspiring ways that creatures use their resources to stay alive. Who wins, the assassin bug or the spider? The bat or the frog? The ant or the honey bee? The male firefly . . . or the female? The battle for survival between predator and prey is sometimes a fight, sometimes a dance, and often involves spying, lying, or even telling the truth to get ahead. Biologist and debut author Susannah Buhrman-Deever explores these clashes in poems and prose explanations that offer both sides of the story. With beautiful, realistic illustrations that are charged with drama, Bert Kitchen captures the breathtaking moments when predator meets prey. Readers who hunger for more about the art of survival will find an extensive list of references in the back.

By:   Susannah Buhrman-Deever
Illustrated by:   Bert Kitchen
Imprint:   Candlewick Press,U.S.
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 267mm,  Width: 284mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   590g
ISBN:   9780763695330
ISBN 10:   0763695335
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   April 2019
Recommended Age:   From 6 to 9 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Susannah Buhrman-Deever is a biologist with a PhD in animal behavior from Cornell University. In addition to her academic work and writing, she has developed inquiry-based ecology curricula for children. Predator and Prey is her first book for children. She lives with her family in upstate New York. Bert Kitchen has illustrated more than seventeen books for children. He has worked as an animator, textile designer, fine artist, and commercial artist. He lives and works in London.

Predator and prey face off in a battle of poems...Text boxes supplement the poems and illustrations with information about the animals, and clever gatefolds in some spreads allow Kitchen's sumptuous illustrations full command by tucking the text inside the folds. An effective presentation of science through poetry, art, and stellar bookmaking. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Two voices are needed for many of the poems in 'Predator and Prey' (Candlewick, 24 pages, $18.99), a picture book for children ages 6-9 written by biologist Susannah Buhrman-Deever, with muted watercolor and gouache paintings by Bert Kitchen. Each page spread captures a fraught moment of confrontation between relatively unsung opponents. So we don't see that well-known fellow, the lion, stalking a smaller mammal in the veldt; rather, here are face-offs between creatures such as the Sharp-Shinned Hawk and the Chickadee, and the Pacific Rattlesnake and the Ground Squirrel. --The Wall Street Journal

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