Before & After
A Book of Nature Timescapes
Awards & Honors
Shortlisted, Mr. Christie's Book Award
"Our Choice" selection, Canadian Children's
Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children,
National Science Teachers Association/Children's
Book Council Joint Committee (U.S.)
For this beautiful children's book packed with animals, Jan Thornhill has painted jewel-like illustrations of wildlife in various natural environments, both "before" and "after" to show how things change over spans of time ranging from a few seconds to a year.
This wildlife picture book is a rare treasure - a combination information, puzzle, and art book offering new surprises each time you look.
"Thornhill has brilliantly executed this unique and clever idea..."
School Library Journal
"This is a well-executed, clever idea for a book, and the large panoramic illustrations, with their hide-and-seek quality, will bring children back to the book again and again."
(pointer review) Kirkus
"Thornhill's vibrant artwork will ensure that this book is returned to again and again, providing hours of entertainment for young children."
Quill & Quire
"Deploying brilliantly painted landscapes (and waterscapes)...Thornhill presents the spectrum of change, from the barely discernable to the transformational."
Globe & Mail