Before & After: A Book of Nature Timescapes
Maple Tree, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
an Thornhill introduces her intriguing, oversize, richly illustrated picture book by telling us that '
As time passes, all living things change.
' Within the covers, she shows us a series of double page landscapes
, as they change over varying time periods.
ach set of pictures has fascinating detail and surprising changes from one to the next.
at the end of the book explain more about what's happening in each pair of scenes. There's a tropical
with all its colorful aquatic creatures (shown and named around the edges of the illustration), changing over a few seconds. A lionness springs and flamingoes fly as a minute passes in an African
. We see how animals react as the rain stops in an Australian
. Night darkens in a
, a day passes in a
and a month in the
. Finally, a year goes by in a
, where children grow vegetables.
efore & After
is a wonderful book to explore together, or to use to supplement school lessons. Kids of all ages will enjoy spotting all the animals, birds and insects, and then seeing what's happened to them in the
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