A dragonfly is born in a pond and flies to a mountaintop where it meets a young woman who is a fire lookout. A journey through the seasons and the dragonfly's life cycle. Sixty exquisite pen-and-ink drawings. An intriguing book for all children . . . ages 8 to 80!
This book is multi-faceted. It is a delightful children's story; is is accurate natural history; it deals with fire lookouts, which are an interesting part of our history and are in some areas now being designated as national historical landmarks. And perhaps most of all, the artwork, also by Judy Hatch, is a delight to all ages and an inspiration to chhildren to try the same technique of drawing with just dots.
This book will become a children's classic, much in the tradition of Make Way For Ducklings, which also has black and white drawings and is the story of animals' life cycle and their interaction with humans.
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Judy's pen-and-ink drawings have the same exquisite sense of light and texture as my photographs, which is why I published this book - Jane English, photographer/illustrator of a best selling translation of Tao Te Ching (see some the drawings on my website).
The following review gives such a good sense of the book that I include it here in its entirety --
"How does a teacher/writer/artist fill the solitary hours while working as a fire lookout? She writes a book, of course. The Dragonfly of Lookout Mountain is an accurate account of the life cycle of a dragonfly set in a delightful tale full of drama and whimsy.
Dragonfly spends a year in and around a pond next to a meadow below the ridge on which sits a lookout tower. He thoroughly explores his water world as a nymph before crawling onto a cattail and lifting into the sky on newly opened wings.
Air currents send him up to lookout tower where he meets the young woman who is the fire lookout. She is a strange being with eyes and claws like his enemies, but a gentle curious nature he learns to trust. A sudden storm sends him tumbling back down the slope to the meadow where he meets his mate.
As winter approaches, Dragonfly's life comes to an end, but not without hope for the future as we spy the tiny new nymphs at the bottom of the pond.
Ms. Hatch has cleverly taught us about life in a high-mountain ecosystem while entertaining us with a story our children will want to read again and again. Her illustrations, which are ink drawings created by making thousands of tiny dots, are filled with wildlife hidden in shadows, behind trees and beneath rocks. Each reading produces a fresh view as more detail pops out of the pages.
Hatch deviates from her realistic style on several occasions to give Dragonfly human like facial expressions, but more often, his fears and joys are artfully conveyed by his posture.
One would hardly expect the life cycle of a dragonfly to be the stuff of high drama, but Hatch has such a fine writing style, the reader is quickly drawn into the story and is unwilling to put the book down until the last page is finished.
I also appreciated the short piece on lookout towers and dragonflies at the end of the book, which gave me enough additional information to answer inevitable probing questions such a book is likely to spark.
I agree with Norman Bridwell of the Clifford series for children, whose endorsement appears on the back of the book. This charming book will be in my grandchildren's library also!" --Mount Shasta Herald, Mt Shasta, CA 5/8/96From the Back Cover :
"I'm absolutely stunned by this lovely book . . .a marvelous job of presenting dragonfly facts in a very artistic way. I want to buy copies for my grandchildren." -- Norman Bridwell, author of the Clifford books
"Judy's appreciation of nature is very keenly honed. Her years as a lookout and her natural talents as a writer and artist have all come together in this book. Her sharp observations of weather, her observations of the dragonfly's life cycle and her experience as a lookout are combined to make a story interesting to young and old." -- Bob Gray, USFS Fire Management Officer, Retired, Author of Forests, Fires and Wild Things
"Judy has taken the dragonfly and looked at it and its habitat from the insect's point of view to create a charming story. The detailed illustrations come alive on the pages. You feel the sun shine and the rain pour. A welcome addition to any library." -- Carol Slavik, Douglas County Nevada Children's Librarian
"A beautiful, gentle book . . .will be requested by children and teachers--over and over again!" -- Margaret E. McIntosh, Associate Professor (Curriculum and Instruction) University of Nevada Reno
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Description du livre Earth Heart, 1996. Paperback. État : New. F. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0934747423
Description du livre Earth Heart, 1996. Paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110934747423
Description du livre Earth Heart. PAPERBACK. État : New. 0934747423 New Condition. N° de réf. du libraire NEW6.0624515