Animal Alliterations (Hardcover)

Around the World from A-Z

By Cortney Benvenuto, Cortney Benvenuto (Illustrator)

Kwil Publishing, 9780999143742, 48pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2019

List Price: 17.99*
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A fresh take on an animal-themed nonfiction picture book, Animal Alliterations: Around the World from A-Z is a fun fusion of science and poetic language. Each page alliteratively highlights fascinating facts about animal diet and adaption in five major habitats: grassland, desert, ocean, tundra, and forest.

Customary letter/animal pairings ("E" is for Elephant, "T" is for Tiger) are majestic but few and mixed into a unique collection of lesser-known animals. For example, "F" is for Fur Seal, "N" is for Nubian Ibex, and "Q" is for "Quokka." STEM/STEAM content (aka really cool facts about animals ) is delivered poetically in each alliterative line. C: "A cactus wren calls conspicuously as she hunts for insects in the cavities and crevices of a cholla cactus." K: "The curious kitfox uses her keen, enormous ears to detect her favorite snack, a kangaroo rat quietly scurrying underground."

Using her signature limited palette and patterned style, author/illustrator Cortney Benvenuto picturesquely presents each habitat in a recognizable color scheme (the ocean in hues of blue, the desert in shades of yellow and brown, etc.). Within each breathtaking scene is one of the book's twenty-six animals, brought artfully to life with traditional watercolor.

Four pages of back matter provide science and language arts enrichment and extension opportunities, including photographs of all twenty-six animals, definitions of each habitat, definitions of poetic language and alliteration, and ideas for how young people can use poetic language in their own writing.

Animal Alliterations offers K-5 educators a high interest supplement to their science and/or language arts curricula--and parents and young readers an informative and beautiful book to enjoy at home.

About the Author

Cortney Benvenuto is an author/illustrator who lives just outside of Portland. Using only traditional mediums--pencil, watercolor, and ink--she loves painting the natural world and children. A minimal color palette and intricate patterning are essential components of Cortney's signature style. Cortney's passion for animals and the environment inspired Animal Alliterations: Around the World from A-Z, her debut picture book. Before becoming an author-illustrator, Cortney taught third and fourth grade and often used picture books to introduce new topics to her students. She hopes that Animal Alliterations will be used similarly in classrooms to inspire and enhance learning about science, writing, and art, and will also be enjoyed as a favorite bedtime story, pulled from home bookshelves again, and again, and again. When she's not illustrating or writing, Cortney is off on an adventure with her husband, daughter, and son.