Bella and I are honored to be part of the blog tour for Bobcat Prowling written by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. This impressive and informative picture book celebrated its book birthday this week on March 22, 2022. Thanks to author Maria Gianferrari and Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Books for sharing an electronic copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
A companion to Coyote Moon and Hawk Rising, Bobcat Prowling is a narrative non-fiction picture book which tells the story of a young bobcat searching for a home range of his own.
At the beginning of the story, the mood is serene. Snow covers the ground. A boy waits for his bus as a mother bobcat and her son Yearling wake up on a nearby hill. Not long after, Yearling begins his journey to find a new home. Gianferrari’s melodic text and Ibatoulline’s gorgeous illustrations capture the intensity of Yearling’s lengthy travel.
Each time, Yearling thinks he has found his new home (and next meal), he is thwarted by a resident animal such as a lynx, another bobcat or a wolf who has already laid claim to that territory. Gianferrari’s words and Ibatoulline’s artwork are like a symphony with low tones and high notes. When Yearling discovers a potential new home and dinner, the text and illustrations are soft and calm. Once a resident animal spies Yearling’s presence, the words and artwork are energetic showing the conflict between the two animals.
This page spread is my favorite. Yearling has persevered in his travels and will soon find his true home. The sheer joy in his face warms my heart.
I learned so much from about bobcats from reading Bobcat Rising and there’s more facts in the backmatter. Gianferrari continues learning with All About Bobcats, How to Hunt Like a Bobcat, What’s On the Menu, Further Reading, and Websites and Videos.
With lyrical text, stunning artwork, and fascinating facts, I highly recommend Bobcat Prowling to add to libraries small and large-home, classroom, school, and public!
About the Author:
Maria Gianferrari is a community scientist, self-taught naturalist, and bird nerd who holds an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English. She is the author of narrative nonfiction picture books which celebrate urban ecosystems, the natural world and our wild neighbors. She also writes engaging expository nonfiction. And as a lover of dogs, Maria’s fiction picture books star dogs as main characters and explore the human-canine bond. She writes from her light-filled, book-lined study in Massachusetts with rescue dog, Maple at her side.
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