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World of wonders : In praise of fireflies, whale sharks, and other astonishments / Aimee Nezhukumatathil; with illustrations by Fumi Mini Nakamura.

Nezhukumatathil, Aimee, (author.). Nakamura, Fumi Mini, (illustrator.).

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  • 5 of 8 copies available at Sage Library System.

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Summary:

As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted--no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape--she was able to turn to our world's fierce and funny creatures for guidance. "What the peacock can do," she tells us, "is remind you of a home you will run away from and run back to all your life." The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world's gifts. Warm, lyrical, and gorgeously illustrated by Fumi Nakamura, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy. --from book jacket.
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  • ISBN: 9781571313652
  • ISBN: 1571313656
  • ISBN: 9781571311931
  • Physical Description: 165 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Minneapolis : Milkweed Editions, 2020.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Catalpa tree -- Firefly -- Peacock -- Comb jelly -- Touch-me-nots -- Cactus Wren -- Narwhal -- Axolotl -- Dancing frog -- Vampire squid -- Monsoon -- Corpse flower -- Bonnet macaque -- Calendars Poetica -- Whale shark -- Potoo -- Cara Cara orange -- Octopus -- Grey cocatiel -- Dragon fruit -- Flamingo -- Ribbon eel -- Questions while searching for birds with my half-white sons, aged six and nine, National Audubon Bird Count Day -- Oxford, MS -- Superb Bird of Paradise -- Red-spotted newt -- Southern Cassowary -- Monarch butterfly -- Firefly (redux).
Summary, etc.:
As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted--no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape--she was able to turn to our world's fierce and funny creatures for guidance. "What the peacock can do," she tells us, "is remind you of a home you will run away from and run back to all your life." The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world's gifts. Warm, lyrical, and gorgeously illustrated by Fumi Nakamura, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy. --from book jacket.
Subject: Animals > Anecdotes.
Genre: Anecdotes.

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