Though currently available, I read via an online reader copy. And I have rounded up my rating to a 4 from a 3.5. This is because there was some repetition), or a few “bumps” while I was reading. Of course, each reader will take something different from it.
And as said, I read via online, so I am not sure the exact dimensions, but I am assuming it is a larger than usual picture book. But regardless, Ancestory: The Mystery and Majesty of Ancient Cave Art has many pluses to it making it a strong and fun read. However, the lack of historical facts mixed in with the poetic text was both a plus and slight negative. Such as an image below, there is some mixture, but I was looking for it more within the text as well. In other words, this is not an easy book, but also is straightforward. It is complex in the best ways.
The focus on the fact the artwork/symbols are “there” with no assumptions of meaning is fresh, however, giving some context would have helped center things. Hannah Salyer seems to have forced the ending a bit, by bringing it to Now, connecting the past and present.
However, it is the artwork that ties things together and is (in my opinion) the strongest part. Of course, it also continues with being slightly complex as well. While busy or crowded at times, they can be a bit hard to make out details, they are also clever, perfect examples of the subject and colorful. Even the browns or darker colors have pop to them. Light and shadows are also used. The cover does give you some idea of internal illustrations, but also, do not judge a book (especially this book) by its cover.
The extras at the end help the book grow with the child. Overall, a unique book that needs a few readings. Ages will vary depending on the reader/listener.