Antsy Ansel

Written by Cindy Jenson-Elliot, Illustrated by Christy Hale

As a child, Ansel Adams just couldn’t sit still. He felt trapped indoors and never walked anywhere– he ran. Even when he sat, his feet danced. But in nature, Ansel felt right at home. He fell in love with the gusting gales of the Golden Gate, the quiet whisper of Lobos Creek, the icy white of Yosemite Valley, and countless other remarkable natural sights.

An excellent abbreviated look at the life of Ansel Adams. Children will relate to his inability to hold still and be quiet. The author uses vibrant language and vertical page orientations to add interest. The illustrations are very well done. I only wish they would have included a few more of his actual photographs. Teachers can use this book while talking about biographies, artists or national parks.

Review by Jessica Riggs, Robert Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 1-4

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, A Life in Nature
Written by Cindy Jenson-Elliot, Illustrated by Christy Hale
Henry Holt and Company
32 pages
Release Date: September 6, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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1 thought on “Antsy Ansel”

  1. Thank you for the great review. I am using this book this week with classes talking about good biography picture books and how Ansel was alot like kids today.

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