Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures (Hardcover)

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This charming picture book contains photographs by Mr. Sartore and words by Kwame Alexander, 2015's Newbery Award winner.  It is much more than a National Geographic animal portrait book.  The stunningly detailed photographs, beautiful haiku and fascinating gatefolds are a wealth of information.  Here is an example in the poem for the wolf: "Howl like you mean it... the world is listening."  This is a wonderful book for any child who loves nature.

— Sharon Telpner, employed at Book Bin since 1991


A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird - pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world.

Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore's lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species.

About the Author

KWAME ALEXANDER is a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children. His other recent works include Booked, Surf's Up, and He Said, She Said. He is the founder of Book-in-a-Day, a student-run publishing program that has created more than 3,000 student authors in 75 schools; and LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy project that builds libraries, trains teachers, and empowers children through literature. In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education's first writer-in-residence. JOEL SARTORE is the founder of the Photo Ark, a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Sartore has contributed to Audubon Magazine, Geo, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, the Smithsonian magazine and numerous book projects.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781426327674
ISBN-10: 1426327676
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 48
Language: English