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At This Very Moment Hardcover – May 12, 2011

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About the Author

Jim Arnosky is well known for his "keen observations of nature and his fine artistic talent" (School Library Journal). He has written and illustrated many children’s books. Otters Under Water was called "first-rate natural history for the youngest" by Kirkus Reviews (pointer review), and School Library Journal wrote that in it "each of his creatures exhibits a distinct individualism." Every Autumn Comes the Bear was called "vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed" by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist wrote "Arnosky's radiant pictures have a dazzling sense of pattern and composition . . . and a sense of mystery. A beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach." School Library Journal said of Rabbits & Raindrops, “Perfect for story-time or lap-time reading, this book will give children a feeling of security and contentment.”

Jim Arnosky and his family live on a twenty-acre farm in Vermont.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD1120L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525422528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525422525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Travis Ann Sherman VINE VOICE on August 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The premise of this book, written in dreamy rhyming couplets, is that while you, the child, are going about your day, somewhere in the real world the animals, the whales, the puffins and owls, the crocodiles, etc., are also doing real things. Without being didactic, Arnosky's trick brings a wonderful immediacy to his material, coupled with a magical? spiritual? appreciation that this moment in our lives can be matched up with the same moment in the life of every other creature on the planet. "An owl swoops down to catch a rat. A beaver gnaws a tree. A long snake strikes and nabs a bat. A bluejay gobbles up a bee. All at the very moment you are eating all your peas!" In a world of children's literature a little overpopulated with spiders who have tea parties and bunnies with first-day-of-school problems, At This Very Moment will be very welcome by the serious six year olds I know.
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Format: Hardcover
A poetic story that takes you all over the world to see what various animals are doing, all at the same moment in time.

This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. The pages are gorgeous watercolour paintings.

The text is poetic and flowing. There are a few awkward broken rhythms, but overall, this is a great book. I'd get it again just to look at the pictures.
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