At This Very Moment

What It Is

As the title hints, at every moment, everywhere in the world, life and nature is happening. While we go through our daily activities, the wonders of nature continue to unfold. At the same time we are brushing our teeth, sharks are swimming in the ocean and polar bears are darting across the icy tundra. While we are having dinner, a flock of puffins are feeding on fish off the coast of Maine. This book, released earlier this year, takes readers on a wildlife tour featuring a wide variety of animals in their natural habitats and reminds us of Earth’s marvels.

Why It’s Fun

The heart of this story is that life exists beyond our houses on Neighorhood Lane in Suburbia, USA. Mr. Arnosky’s book is a great way to teach kids about the simultaneous world in which we live. And, for adults who can easily get caught up in the routines of everyday life, this book is profound reminder that we all share the planet, time and space. The rhyming text reads more like poignant poetry than a singsong children’s story, and Mr. Arnosky’s watercolor illustrations are rich and very detailed. Notes at the book’s conclusion provide more information on each featured animal.

Who’s Going To Love It

Anyone who loves to view animals in their natural habitats will truly enjoy this book because of its beautiful illustrations and variety of wildlife. Though the publisher’s recommended age is 6 to 8, I think 3 to 6 is a more appropriate range. The story is short and simple, yet captivating, making it a great read for younger children, both boys and girls.

Reading Time

About 2-3 minutes

Read-It-Again Points

9 out of 10

Book Information

At This Very Moment
Written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky
Published by: Published by Dutton Children’s Books (2011)
Approximate retail price: $16.99
Publisher’s recommended ages: 6-8


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