National Wildlife Week is the National Wildlife Federation's longest-running education program designed around teaching and connecting kids to the awesome wonders of wildlife. I'd like to mark it this year by sharing the review of a very special book on wildlife featured in our February/March issue.
Traer Scott's exquisite Nocturne: Creatures of the Night contains 42 portraits of nocturnal animals. These are classic studio-type portraits and not the kind of wildlife photography we are accustomed to seeing. Instead, the animals are shown against a black background that emphasizes their magnificence and beauty, compelling us to look at them in a fresh way.
Creatures of the Night, by Traer Scott. (Illus.) New York, NY: Princeton
Architectural Press, 2014. 128pp. $19.95. 2014006210. ISBN
Recommended for all ages.
Nocturne is a beautiful book that highlights some of the nocturnal animals with whom we share this earth. The photographic images are stark on a pure black background - the animals seem to pop out at the viewer. Forty‑two animals are photographed including the giant anteater, red‑spotted newt, corn snake, Indian flying fox, and the African crested porcupine. A paragraph briefly discussing each species accompanies each image. Some of the information is truly fascinating; for instance, the spiny mouse is the only mammal known to be capable of tissue regeneration and the red panda is a living fossil as it is the only living species of its own genus and family. The author discusses threats facing many of these species and an appendix examines these threats in further detail. Probably the only shortcoming of this informative coffee table book is that the author does not always provide information on where these species live. Otherwise, a wonderful book suitable for readers of all ages.‑‑Shelley Spohr, , Griswold, CT
12 Mar 2015 5:25 PM