Author: Darren Lebeuf
Genre: children’s picture book
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Pub Date: April 2, 2019
Taken from NetGalley
With art supplies in tow, a young boy explores the urban forest near his home, then inteprets what he sees with his art. The boy is a keen observer who uses poetic, rhythmic language to describe the diversity he finds through all four seasons. His forest is both “fluffy” and “prickly,” “dense” and “sparse,” “crispy” and “soft.” It’s also “scattered and soggy, and spotted and foggy.” His forest is made up of many colors — but he decides that “mostly it’s green.” Each aspect of the forest inspires the boy to create a different kind of art: charcoal rubbing, rock art, photography, sponge painting, snow sculpture, cut-paper collage. To this artist, there’s always something new to discover, and to capture! In this delightful picture book, Darren Lebeuf, an award-winning photographer, encourages small children to look closer at and appreciate the nature that surrounds them. And by providing such a broad range of ideas for artistic expression, it’s sure to awaken the nature artist in every child. Bright, deeply textured illustrations by Ashley Barron bring the forest and the boy’s artworks to vivid life. This story provides an excellent depiction of nature-based education in an outdoor classroom. The specificity of the concrete and abstract adjectives used in the text works as a perfect complement to primary science lessons on investigating, comparing and identifying the physical characteristics of plants and animals. This book also makes for an enjoyable, lyrical read-aloud.
I would love to own this beautifully illustrated and creatively written picture book of a boy in the city! He observes and explores all that surrounds him and brings the forest into his home with his artwork. His forest is many things, it is short, crunchy, wet, dense and sometimes even snowy. Lebeuf perfectly illustrates that all we have to do is go outside to see the forest! I absolutely LOVE this one!
Thank you to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for sharing this ARC with me. My opinions are my own.
Thank you so much Kids Can Press and NetGalley for this beautiful advanced copy!
Happy Reading Friends!❤️
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