Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.
Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.
Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.
The "Whose Butt?" title sure catches your attention, doesn't it? And you won't find a single animal face on
the front or back cover of this book (other than the author's).
Yup, it's a children's book by naturalist and wildlife
photographer Stan Tekiela highlighting the back end of 10 wild animals.
I'm very familiar with Stan's work, we carry a number of
his adult titles in our Wild Birds Unlimited shop. His series of state guides is very
successful, in fact his Birds of New York Field Guide is the top-selling field guide in our
shop. But can he "bring it" to
a children's book?
The motivation to produce the book, they state, is that
even successful wildlife photographers like Stan end up with a lot of butt
shots when their subjects fly, run, or dash away. So instead of hitting delete, Stan decided to
make the best of all those rear end shots by writing a children's book focusing
on animals' butts.
Of course, Stan has nice images of his subjects from the
front side as well, as he reveals what animal owns the butt on the previous page. Ten animals are covered, giving the reader the
opportunity to guess whose derrière they're seeing, and 3-4 facts are provided
about the animal. At the end of the book
are 2 pages of additional facts about the featured animals.
Kids will have fun guessing the animal and but they'll
have more fun being able to freely talk about butts without getting in
trouble. It may bring out a little
bathroom humor, but at least they're learning something in the process.
"Whose Butt?" is a unique concept and cute book, but I wish
it had been a little longer than its 44 pages, either showing more butt
(meaning more animals) or more images and fun facts.
I still think this would be a fun book for the 5
or 6 year old in your life. Just get
ready for the giggles!
WHOSE BUTT? by Stan Tekiela Published by Adventure Publications 2012 ISBN 978-1-59193-374-8 $14.95
DRAWING: Comment on this post to have your name entered in a drawing to win my review copy of Whose Butt? Entries close January 31, 2013. Winner will be notified by email.
Congratulations Elaine who won my review copy of Whose Butt? Thanks to everyone who commented.
accordance with Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255, it is
disclosed that the copy of the book read in order to produce this review
was provided gratis to the reviewer by the publisher. The book is also sold at a retail shop owned by the reviewer.
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