This is an interesting non-fiction picture book that looks at different symbiotic relationships found in nature. The illustrations are stunning from an art perspective — cartoon-like, yet realistic, renderings in Jenkins’ crafted paper/collage style. While I like the illustrations, I would personally rather see stunning Nic Bishop-type photographs accompany the text. With a 5th-grade reading level, I feel the cartoon-like illustrations detract from the book’s appeal to the older elementary age group and result in fewer readers.
Teachers could definitely use this book to accompany a science lesson on symbiosis, but would also need to provide access to credible photographs of the animals.