Before and After: A Book of Nature Timescapes


32 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 1-895688-61-2
DDC j574.5'26





Illustrations by Jan Thornhill
Reviewed by Patricia Morley

Patricia Morley is professor emerita of English and Canadian studies at
Concordia University, and the author of Kurlek, Margaret Laurence: The
Long Journey Home, and As Though Life Mattered: Leo Kennedy’s Story.


This puzzle-cum-art book consists of “Before” and “After” scenes
that appear on consecutive double-page spreads. One “Before” scene
depicts a small lake in the midst of a semi-desert African plain that is
full of animals drinking and bathing. In the “After a minute” scene
on the next page, we see a lion within feet of its prey and a buzzard
circling overhead. Settings include a tropical coral reef in the
Indo-Pacific, the African savannah, the North American wetlands, and the
South American rainforest. Highly recommended.


Thornhill, Jan., “Before and After: A Book of Nature Timescapes,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 29, 2024,