Tag Archives: nature

A Bear’s Year

The gentle rhyming text of A Bear’s Year takes us from slumbering winter to newborn spring, summer foraging and autumn’s den. I love a book that takes us through all of the seasons in a year, and this one’s beautiful illustrations do … Continue reading

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

There is a lot to look forward to in Autumn: the chill in the air, the leaves falling, the colours. Kenard Pak‘s Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn follows a girl on her walk through the transition between summer and autumn. She notices … Continue reading

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Blue On Blue

Blue On Blue is a lyrical look at one day on a farm, from the bright sunny morning to the stormy afternoon and the clearing-up night. Dianne White‘s language is beautifully subtle and Beth Krommes‘ illustrations are vivid. When the … Continue reading

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Redwoods

Jason Chin‘s nonfiction picture book,  Redwoods, takes us on one boy’s visit to the home of redwoods. Did you know that plants grow in the crevasses of redwoods? Did you know that a whole ecosystem exists in the redwood canopy, never touching or … Continue reading

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If You Plant a Seed

With very few words and gorgeous paintings, Kadir Nelson tells a beautiful story of sharing and bounty. A bunny and a mouse plant a small garden, and are all set to eat the produce when the birds show up. A … Continue reading

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Flashlight

Wordless picture books can say so much, and Flashlight is a perfect example. First, the illustrations are exquisite, mostly glowing white on black paper except where the flashlight’s beam falls and a few other choice spots. The story: A boy … Continue reading

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A Day At The Lake

A Day At The Lake is all fun and excitement. There are no problems and worries, just a day swimming, exploring nature and watching the sun set, all delivered in snappy rhyme with loads of onomatopoeia:  flittery flee, ziggity jig, yodelly … Continue reading

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Bluebird

Bob Staake’s Bluebird is a grand tale in pictures:  a bluebird befriends a boy, and without a word, they share food, companionship and make new friends. They also run into bullies that shatter the earthly beauty of their friendship. The bluebird lives … Continue reading

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If You Want To See A Whale

From the team that gave us And Then It’s Spring comes another delightful book about watching and waiting. At first, it has the circular structure of If You Give A Moose A Muffin; there are a multitude of interruptions when you are waiting to … Continue reading

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A Book of Sleep

It is Spring here in Michigan:  the star magnolia is blooming, the lilacs are budding and my first tulips are opening up to the sun. That is why I’m featuring a book on sleep. Yes, sleep! With the daylight hours … Continue reading

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