From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3?This simply written picture book focuses on the transition from day to night, contrasting the activities of humans in Johannesburg with those of the animals in Kruger National Park after the sun sets. First, readers see twilight in the city as stores close and people return home. Children and their parents take a stroll before dark. House lights come on as a little girl sleeps with a doll tucked close beside her. As day slides into night, the inhabitants of Kruger Park come to life. A mamba snake, lionesses, a leopard, a hippopotamus, and elephants are shown in their respective quests for food and water. With the sunrise, the animals seek shade to sleep, while in the city, flower vendors line up their goods on the streets. Isadora's vibrant watercolor illustrations are evocative of both the human bustle and the wild untamed life force of the animals; the open vistas of the park are effectively contrasted with the crowded streets. This excellent read-aloud will also serve well as a lucid concept book.?Gebregeorgis Yohannes, San Francisco Public Library, CA
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Ages 2^-5. Isadora's stirring picture book At the Crossroads
(1991) about a family under apartheid was a Booklist
Youth Editors' Top of the List, but Over the Green Hills
(1992), also about South Africa, was more a scenic landscape than a children's story. Here, Isadora begins with glorious watercolor spreads of Johannesburg at sunset, first the broad view of skyscrapers and freeways, then close-ups of the streets and park as people go home after a long day. A small black child falls asleep in bed, and 200 miles away in the Kruger National Park, the animals begin to stir. A black mamba snake, lionesses, a hungry leopard, a hippopotamus, and an elephant and its baby are shown in dramatic sweeping paintings. Then at sunrise the animals lie down and the city wakes up. There's not really a story, but it is refreshing to have busy urban life a part of the southern African scene, and children will enjoy the exciting close-ups of animals in the wild. Hazel Rochman