A Kansas Bestiary

A Kansas Bestiary

Book - 2012
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"Thousands of years ago, Kansas was a place where incredible beasts roamed the countryside. It still is. A Kansas bestiary presents Kansas animals as you've never imagined them, fifteen portraits in word and image assembled from deep time to present day, offering fantastic yet true-to-life views of our contemporary wild neighbors. Don't be fooled by a quick look. Savor the selections and you will find that art and science, prose and poetry yield surprising connections between familiar Kansas animals and every Kansan. A Kansas bestiary sparks a sense of awe, and helps us understand our own interconnectedness with the natural systems of the Sunflower State."--back cover.
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : Mammoth Publications, c2012.
ISBN: 9781939301987
Branch Call Number: 591.9781 VAIL J
Characteristics: 59 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hitt, Doug
Grossman, Lisa


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Also picked up after recommendation at October NBC meeting. Trish said: "WONDERFUL from cover to cover. Illustrations are beautiful and really connect to the Kansas world & history. I first had to look up the word - Bestiary. So fitting. Although I am quite familiar, I learned so many... Read More »

Heartfelt knowledge of Kansas wildlife is beautifully illustrated! This recent natural history classic was coauthored by Jake Vail and Doug Hitt. The beautiful illustrations were created by Lisa Grossman. This book was recognized as a 2013 Kansas Notable Book by the Kansas Center for the Book.

As a fan of Kansas and a fan of Kansas authors Jake Vail and Doug Hitt, this book is at the top of the my list. Beautiful illustrations rounds out this poetic bestiary.

This natural history classic was coauthored by two Lawrencians, Jake Vail and Doug Hitt. The beautiful illustrations were also created by another Lawrencian, Lisa Grossman.

Several migratory and non-migratory birds are included in this collection of 15 animals that "say" Kansas. A Kansas Notable Book, co-written by a Lawrence librarian.

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Aug 20, 2015

Run, don't walk, to open the pages of this magical, mystical storybook for all ages. Our Kansas animal neighbors engage, inspire, and awe us in short, multi-layered narratives and challenging images. An ecological view moves beyond Aesop and Beatrix Potter wisdoms.


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