Becoming a Good Creature
by Montgomery, Sy; Green, Rebecca (ILT)






"A luxe, full color picture book adaptation of Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green's New York Times bestselling How to Be a Good Creature"-





In addition to researching films, articles, and over twenty books, National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery has been honored with a Sibert Medal, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire. Visit her at symontgomery.com and on Twitter @SyTheAuthor.


Rebecca Green is an illustrator of many children's and middle grade books, including The Unicorn in The Barn, Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea, Madame Saqui, and From Far Away. She is also the author and illustrator of How to Make Friends with a Ghost. Visit her at www.rebeccagreenillustration.com and on Instagram @rebeccagreenillustration.
 





Life lessons for young humans gleaned from a lifetime living with other creatures. Reprised for young readers from Montgomery's memoir (for adults) How To Be a Good Creature, this picture book's message is concise and clear: Humans are only one of many creatures to inhabit the Earth, and knowing, respecting, and learning from other creatures will help humans become better creatures themselves. The organization of the story is also clear and concise: A short piece of advice is augmented by a brief story relayed in accessible, direct language from the author's personal experiences in a lifetime of observing and being around other creatures. "Make Your Own Family" describes the author's family of hens, a dog, a pig, a husband, and neighbors; the poignant "Trust Tomorrow" relates a dark period that lightened with the unexpected arrival of a dog; and "See For Yourself" relays the author's observations of the gentleness of the oft-reviled hyena. Other topics include seeking similarity, forgiveness, and the importance of small creatures. Avoiding triteness, the na rrative establishes a connection between humans and other creatures as it teaches that respect for the animal world is a good way to become a good human, too. Green's visually pleasing illustrations are rendered in a warm, earth-hued palette, and they have an uncomplicated design that effectively complements the story's wise, authentic narrative. Montgomery presents White. Full of conviction, wisdom, and essential truths. (Picture book/memoir. 3-10) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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