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Bond, Rebecca: In the Belly of an Ox: The Unexpected Photographic Adventures of Richard and Cherry Kearton.

Bond, Rebecca IN THE BELLY OF AN OX: The Unexpected Photographic Adventures of Richard and Cherry Kearton. Il. by author. ISBN 978-0547076751. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009. 32 pp. $16.00. This is the story of two brothers, Richard and Cherry Kearton, whose love of nature leads to the publication of the first natural history book, a study of birds illustrated with photographs. After losing their father, the boys travel from their home in Yorkshire to work in the bustling city of London. Nostalgic for home, they visit the moorlands every weekend and begin photographing birds. As their fascination with the photography project grows, they devise ingenious ways to camouflage themselves in order to get closer to birds in their natural habitats. The publication of their nature book began a new era of natural science as people became increasingly interested in knowing more about birds and animals in their natural environments. Their perseverance, creativity, and commitment are inspiring, and Rebecca Bond writes and illustrates their story beautifully. Ages 4-8. Reviewed by Megan Earnest, Ashville, PA.

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Author:Earnest, Megan
Publication:Childhood Education
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Date:Mar 11, 2010
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