What is a Group of Owls Called?
Animal Gallery is a best-of collection of Wildsmith's images from three of his earlier titles: Wild Animals, Birds & Fishes. His illustrations are exuberant, inspiring introductions to many of the collective nouns used in the animal kingdom: a leap of leopards, a parade of elephants and a prickle of hedgehogs!
Ideas for Making it Real
It's time to make some art! Many of the great children's book illustrators started by drawing the things in their backyard - Beatrix Potter is an excellent example of how her love of drawing animals influenced her life-long love of nature. Art is a lovely way for children to begin to understand the complexities and beauty of Mother Earth.
And what child doesn't love to draw and paint and to glue paper they've just cut? Check out Brian Wildsmith's BIRDS Art Lesson from The Crafty Crow.
If Wildsmith's pictures remind you of another children's illustrator, you are on the right track - Eric Carle! Wildsmith and Carle were contemporaries, but it doesn't appear that they ever crossed paths. Both artists' children's books are rich in color and detail, but Wildsmith painted each illustration while Carle used painted papers to create collages for each illustration.
Visit the Eric Carle Museum website, particularly the Making Art Together portal - there are pages and pages of ideas on creating art with your child
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