In the Belly of an Ox

The Unexpected Photographic Adventures of Richard and Cherry Kearton

By Rebecca Bond; Rebecca Bond (Illustrator)
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780547076751, 32pp.)

Publication Date: November 2009

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Description
Raised in the moorlands of Yorkshire, Richard and Cherry Kearton developed a boyhood fascination with nature that fostered their great desire to photograph it. Together the brothers invented ingenious camouflage "hides" (including one inside the belly of an ox) in order to get closer to their subjects of birds. After three years, the brothers published the first natural history book entirely illustrated with photographs; it changed the way people view birds and their nests, inspiring them to protect them rather than plunder them.



About the Author
Rebecca Bond grew up in the tiny village of Peacham in northeastern Vermont. When she is not having fun painting and writing, she is busy fixing up her old house in Jamaica Plain, Boston and spending time with her two young children.She is the author of several picture booksand has illustrated one chapter book, The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root.

Rebecca Bond grew up in the tiny village of Peacham in northeastern Vermont. When she is not having fun painting and writing, she is busy fixing up her old house in Jamaica Plain, Boston and spending time with her two young children.She is the author of several picture booksand has illustrated one chapter book, The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root.


Praise For In the Belly of an Ox

"Bond's watercolors enliven the rolling hills, and paneled illustrations effectively pace the chronology. The story could be tempted to take a humorous turn, focusing on each madcap disguise the brothers thought up, but instead it stays true to the Keartons' sensibilities. A thoughtful look at two important forerunners of nature photography."--Kirkus Reviews

"In the late 19th century, these nature-loving brothers spent their youth navigating the British countryside . . . Bond’s graceful watercolors depict the brothers as they piece together their disguises and gain recognition for their innovative approach to photography. The brothers’ dedication and ingenuity are especially resonant, and their elaborate costumes will amuse but also inspire. "--Publishers Weekly

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