What The Animals Were Waiting For by Jonathan London

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A vibrant and meditative journey to the African plains, where something big is about to happen.

Cowbells tinkle. And over there, a family of elephants
munches on dry grass, flaps huge ears
like slow fans, and waits.

It is a time of waiting. The gazelles, the wildebeest and the zebras are all waiting. The lions, too, and the crocodiles are waiting. Little Tepi watches the animals and wonders what is coming. Soon there will be rain, and food for everyone! In simple, stirring verse, this stunningly illustrated picture book tells the story of the dramatic cycles of life on the Masai Mara range in Africa -- one of the last great, wild places on Earth.
 

About Jonathan London

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Jonathan London was born a "navy-brat" in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences but never formally studied literature or creative writing. He began to consider himself a writer about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. For some 20 years before he penned his first children's book, London was writing poetry and short stories for adults. In the early 1970s, he was reading his poems in San Francisco jazz clubs, and those experiences found their way into his witty children's book Hip Cat, which has been featured on the PBS children's television show Reading Rainbow. After writing down the tale The Olw Who Became the Moon in 1989, London began to wonder if other people might want to read it. He picked up his kids' copy of Winnie-the-Pooh and saw that the book was published by Dutton, so he casually decided to send his story to them. Surprisingly enough, they wanted to publish him. Working with different illustrators, and occasionally with co-authors, London has produced literally dozens of books. Most have appeared under his name, but some have come out under a pseudonym, which still remains a secret.He has published over forty books and has earned recognitions from organizations like the National Science Teachers Association. Paul Morin is an artist, musician, photographer, and filmmaker who has illustrated over dozen picture books, including The Ghost Dance, and Animal Dreaming. With the debut of The Orphan Boy in 1990, Morin.s art was met with overwhelming praise for his gorgeous oil paintings containing grit, sand, and twigs from the African landscape. Paul has received many accolades for his work, including a nomination for the Kate Greenaway Medal and two Society of Illustrators' awards.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Scholastic Canada. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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""What do you love?/ Jumping puddles/ and Mommy's cuddles,/ big trees and rustling leaves,/ read-alouds/ and sunset clouds."" Schmidt's soft watercolors show mother and child from sun-up to tuck-in.

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Little orange Newt and Turtle are best friends, but Newt frets that the friendship is too one-sided;

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As the second-person voice describes the parched land and the apparent "waiting" of the animals, the boy asks, repeatedly, "What are they waiting for, Grandmother?

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