John Gomes' passion for photography is evident through his nature and Alaskan-focused images. A self-taught photographer going back to the -manual- camera days, John's photos capture Alaskan life including mushing (sled-dog racing) and rodeos. John has been the Alaska Zoo's official volunteer photographer for over ten years and has spent countless hours capturing magnificent images of baby and adult animals, including bears, goats, coyotes, foxes, and porcupines. To see more of John's photos, visit his website at www.akjohn.com.
Gomes's scattered photographs create both an album like effect and a sort of visual narrative as Kali plays, explores, and naps. Though Kali's permanent home ends up being at the Buffalo Zoo, rather than in the wild, readers should enjoy seeing a grown-up Kali find a companion in another polar bear named Luna. - Publishers Weekly The captivating photographs fill the pages. It is through additional information at the back of the book that readers learn general facts about polar bears. - Library Media Connection Very young readers or those just listening will find Kali's story, 25 pages of pictures and commentary, a captivating journey to be enjoyed over and over again. Color photographs go hand-in-glove with the clearly written prose, making early readers feel part of Kali's rescue. - Science Books & Films