Great Illustrated Books

Wild Tracks!: A Guide to Nature's Footprints

By Jim Arnosky

Sterling, 2008
Pages : 32
Suggested Ages: 5-10
ISBN: 9781402739859

Arnosky has written so many stellar nature and animal nonfiction picture books, including charmers about an old coot named Crinkleroot, no longer in print, alas. In this information-packed guide to animal tracks, with striking paintings done in pencil and acrylic, he identifies the tracks, actual size, of hoofed mammals, bears, small mammals, felines, canines, reptiles, and birds. Readers will especially love the four gatefolded pages that open up into three panels showcasing comparative sizes of each family's tracks. Accompanying pencil drawings show the parts of an animal's hoof or foot, plus the differences in the footprints made when walking versus running. The biggest tracks are from bears, with the polar bear having the largest bear feet of all.

Readers will want to go outside and look for tracks, that's for sure. Arnosky makes naturalists of us all. The author bio on the back flap notes that this is Arnosky's 100th book for children.

Reviewed by : JF.


If you love this book, then try:

Arnosky, Jim. All About Alligators. Scholastic, 1994.

Arnosky, Jim. All About Frogs. Scholastic, 2002.

Arnosky, Jim. All Night Near the Water. Putnam, 1994.

Arnosky, Jim. Crinkleroot's Book of Animal Tracking. Bradbury, 1989.

Arnosky, Jim. Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats. Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Arnosky, Jim. Watching Water Birds. National Geographic, 1997.

Duffy, Dee Dee. Forest Tracks. Boyds Mills, 1996.

George, Lindsay Barrett. Around the Pond: Who's Been Here? Greenwillow, 1996.

George, Lindsay Barrett. In the Snow: Who's Been Here? Greenwillow, 1995.

George, Lindsay Barrett. In the Woods: Who's Been Here? Greenwillow, 1995.

Critics have said

With this book's large format and simple organizational structure, Arnosky's latest trek into the world of North American wildlife makes a terrific beginning field guide.