Tundra introduces the first three books in its important new ecosystems series. Each title celebrates the world’s diversity by presenting a different ecosystem: its land and water, its animals and plants. The art is brimming with creatures and ecological features, described in fact-filled notes at the end of each book and in a useful glossary and map.
Swamps are often seen as a dangerous and useless. They are often drained to create farmland or to reduce diseases. But such measures can be disastrous. Who Needs a Swamp?explores wetlands and their importance in the food chain and in preserving our soil and clean water.
Not only is each book informative and beautiful, but it is a call to action for everybody who cares about the world in which we live.
Karen Patkau is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children. The first book she illustrated was Don’t Eat Spiders by Robert Heidbreder, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Medal. Several of her other books have also won prizes including the Our Choice Award for Python Play and Dimensional Illustrators Award for her books In the Sea and Seal is Lost. She has written and illustrated two books for children, both about animals: Ringtail and In the Sea. Karen Patkau resides in Toronto.
Here are some of the awards Karen Patkau has won: -Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice 2004 Award / Sir Cassie to the Rescue -Applied Arts Magazine Annual Awards 2004 / Sir Cassie to the Rescue -11th Annual Dimensional Illustrators Awards 1999, Bronze / Python Play -Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice 1999 Award / Python Play -3rd Annual Dimensional Illustrators Awards 1992, Bronze / In the Sea -2nd Annual Dimensional Illustrators Awards 1991, Merit / Seal is Lost -Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice 1987 Award / Ringtail -Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Medal — UNICEF / USSBY, 1986 / Don’t Eat Spiders -International Graphic Design Awards 1986: Picture Book Illustration / Don’t Eat Spiders
“Nonfiction picture books are not nearly as common as they once were, but author and illustrator Karen Patkau proves that the genre is not dead. Her beautiful illustrations and maps present information in an easy to understand format for young readers…. Each book includes simple text for beginning nonfiction readers supported by detailed illustrations of the plant and animal life in each ecosystem…. All of the books in this series contain valuable information supported with illustrations that help young readers understand the content. The message in each is clear. We need to care about these different ecosystems.” —Highly Recommended, CM Magazine
“Karen Patkau explore the importance of these vastly different regions, and the unique role they play in the world. Each book brims with the captivating creatures that make their homes here, ecological features, fact notes, a glossary and a map.” —The Waterloo Region Record