Dave Eggers and Angel Chang have created a picture book that shines a light on the beauty to be found in nature. Called Most of the Better Natural Things in the World, the book is sparse on words, highlighting the names of places, such as natural formations like a gorge, gulch, foothills, and fjord. Environments such as a steppe, cloud forest, estuary, and oasis, are among those also featured.
Chang’s illustrations are breathtaking, and parents will enjoy exploring the nuances of each page as they talk about the variety of places to be found on Earth. There’s even a panoramic fold-out page to illustrate a vista.
The story is also carried along through the journey of a lone tiger traveling with a chair and a rope. Readers find out his destination at the very end, when he arrives in the taiga to find what is waiting for him. A glossary of terms for each of the places visited is in the back. The whole effect makes a sweet story that parents will appreciate while they help their children learn about the natural world.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.