Raised in the moorlands of Yorkshire, Richard and Cherry Kearton developed a boyhood fascination with nature that fostered their great desire to photograph it. Together the brothers invented ingenious camouflage "hides" (including one inside the belly of an ox) in order to get closer to their subjects of birds. After three years, the brothers published the first natural history book entirely illustrated with photographs; it changed the way people view birds and their nests, inspiring them to protect them rather than plunder them.
In the late 19th century, these nature-loving brothers spent their youth navigating the British countryside (“They especially marveled at the architecture of living things”). When they were older, the boys devised a method to photograph wild birds in their nests by disguising themselves as a rock or a tree trunk—even hiding within a hollow manufactured “ox.” Bond’s graceful watercolors depict the brothers as they piece together their disguises and gain recognition for their innovative approach to photography. The brothers’ dedication and ingenuity are especially resonant, and their elaborate costumes will amuse but also inspire. Ages 5–8. (Nov.)