When I'm Hungry
written by Jane R. Howard, illustrated by Teri
School Library Journal:
Each page is a lesson in habitat: jungle, garden, forest, backyard.
Plants and settings are carefully portrayed in vivid colors rendered
in fine colored-pencil shadings of greens, blues, and browns.
full-page color-pencil illustrations exploit the sense of play,
from the picture of the child eating lunch in the mud with the hippos
to the view of him digging for worms with the birds.
nicely realized in Sloat's
bright, charmingly detailed illustrations, which vary the child's
size in accordance with the animals companions.
About the Book
Although the character in
the book is a boy, my daughter, Becky, was the model for every page.
We had her pose for the boy flying through the jungle going from
ring to ring at school. For the picture with the duck, she posed
hanging upside down on the bars. In the squirrel picture, Becky
is not holding a giant nut, she is holding a Nerf football.
In the research for this book, my best resources were
Zoobooks magazine and Ranger Rick. My son, Matt, was
16 when I was finishing the book, and he used the Prismacolor pencils
and colored the backgrounds for the squirrel and eagle pictures.
The idea for the hummingbird scene in the book comes
from a mural on the side of a building in Cloverdalea town
about 30 miles away from my home in Sebastopol, California.
I did not write this book, but it was one of
my favorites to illustrate because I love drawing and learning about