I found Stripes of All Types by author/illustrator Susan Stockdale on the new nonfiction shelf at the library recently. Its rhyming title and black and white patterned cover with a skunk made me curious. And now I have discovered a new favorite author!
Featuring animals with stripes, from zebras to tabby cats, from skunks to snakes, Stripes of All Types (2014) is a wonderful first scientific look at patterns among animals. The images are quite gorgeous. The rhyming text flows beautifully as it walks readers through various nature scenes with animals in their home environments:
“Crawling on a cactus, and camped by a creek./Propped on a log, poised on a leaf”
I recommend this one for a wide variety of ages, especially for 2 to 6 years. It would be a fun story time choice too.
For more info about this amazing author and artist, watch a video featuring her book “Bring on the Birds“, an award-winning title published in 2011. And look for her next book, “Spectacular Spots” to be published in 2015.