Wildlife Painter & Children's Book Illustrator
Written by Kay Winters
Illustrated by Laura Regan
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- An American Bookseller's "Pick of the Lists" -
-Selected as one of 1998 Best Children's Books of the Year by Bank Street College of Education-
From School Library Journal:
"For those budding young naturalists who relish information on wild animals, here is a treasure of a book. In short, carefully worded, poetic quatrains, Winters accurately follows four wolf pups from the night of their birth through their first venture out. She also presents the enemy - a golden eagle - that, sensing the birth, waits for a chance to prey upon one of the defenseless pups. Regan's realistic oil paintings perfectly capture the animals' actions and bring their world to life. Scenes of mother wolf and her pups in the birth cave on left-handed pages face glimpses of the outside environment. When the young ones leave the cave, the illustrator switches to double- page spreads, allowing the sequence of the eagle's attack to play itself out dramatically. Several portraits of the mother and her babies and one of the eagle are exquisitely detailed. The blending of myriad shades of brown and gray results in a sense of depth, of wide expanse, of textured fur and rock-strewn hills. There is a lot of information to be gleaned from this sparely written visual masterpiece."
Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
"Out of the darkness
Into the light
Four furry wolf pups
Blink at their world"
© 1997 Kay Winters-Text / Laura Regan-Art
"I was captivated with the idea of following the growth of the four little wolf pups that Kay Winters writes so brilliantly about in this story. Since I have to do a lot of research before I start illustrating each book, I learn a lot of interesting facts about the animals that I will be painting."