Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"About Habitats: Forests" by Cathryn Sill and illustrated by John Sill (Review & Giveaway)

I have had the distinct pleasure of reviewing several books written and illustrated by the Cathryn and John Sill husband and wife team. It is also a source of pseudo pride that they reside in my home state of North Carolina. John is also a graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC - one of our fine State universities. So when given the opportunity to participate in Peachtree Publisher's blog tour for About Habitats: Forests, I jumped at the invitation to sign up.

The "About" books follow basically the same format. They have two-page spreads with simple one line sentences for the young child or young reader to learn about the feature of that two-page spread. There is also tucked near the inner spine a basic bit of information to identify the features or creatures on the page. Example:
White-nosed Coati
Leafcutter Ants
Blue Jean (Strawberry) Poison Dart Frog 
At the end of the book, each Plate is presented with detailed information and a thumbnail image of the actual plate picture.

The illustrations by John Sill are beautifully and skillfully drawn and painted. The art is worthy of displaying on the coffee table for guests to enjoy as well as use to teach that special young child in your household.
Did you realize there were so many "types" of forests? Let's see.... Rainforest, Tropical Dry Forest, Tropical Rainforest, Temperate Rainforest, Cloud Forest, Deciduous Forest, and Boreal Forest.

I heartily recommend About Habitats: Forests for home, school, and public libraries. These nicely bound books will entertain and educate beautifully and gently.

GIVEAWAY: Begins March 19 & ENDS April 10 @ 12:01 EDT. Open to USA addresses only. 

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of About Habitats: Forests by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I received no compensation for this review. Winner's copy in the giveaway is provided directly to the winner by the publisher.


  1. Another book that I would love to get for her would be Anna's Blizzard.

  2. Another book by Carolyn & John Sills in the ABOUT series that I would love to share with my grandchildren and myself would be Beyond Birdwatching

  3. I like the About Habitats: Grasslands in their series.

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  4. I would like to have About Mammals for my daughter.

  5. Hello Dearie, I have missed chatting with you. Hope all is well. Thought I would put in my two cents about FORESTS. I also have several books in this series including this one. It would be hard to choose a favorite. Love this husband and wife team and the books they have provided for ou children.

  6. Back to Bed, Ed be perfect for my grandson!

  7. I think my boys would love the About Fish book.
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  8. Stopping in from the KLBH. Those illustrations are quite stunning aren't they? Thanks for sharing this - I overlook non-fiction books too often :)

  9. I love the cover of this book. This looks like a great series, will have to look out for it.

    Hopping over from the kid lit blog hop :)

  10. I would love to have About Habitats - Deserts to read for when we go to Palms Springs.

  11. I recently went on a night outing with my kids to see salamanders in their natural habitat so definitely would be interested in the About Amphibians book.

  12. I have seen reviews on this series on the blogosphere and can't wait to actually read them. The art looks superb! Thanks for reminding me of this series..
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks

  13. We would keep this one for our family. My 4 year old son would love it!

  14. We would love the About Birds book. My son just read a book about John Audubon, so we've been studying birds.

  15. The About Forest book's pictures are stunning! Our 5-year old grandson would love this. Thanks for sharing this on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  16. I would love to have the About Habitats: Wetlands book for my daughter. Thank you for the chance to win!

  17. I would also love to read "About Arachnids".


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