Forest, What Would You Like?

Forest, What Would You Like?

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by Irene O'Garden, Pat Schories
     
 

In this heartfelt poem, the forest announces its wish-list for every season—including sun, mice, and a slug in summer; fruit, song, and spicy smells in the fall; snow, an icy river, and maple sugar in winter; and rain, moist soil, and flowers in spring. And all year long, it wishes for people planting trees and most of all children—rambling, sniffing, and

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In this heartfelt poem, the forest announces its wish-list for every season—including sun, mice, and a slug in summer; fruit, song, and spicy smells in the fall; snow, an icy river, and maple sugar in winter; and rain, moist soil, and flowers in spring. And all year long, it wishes for people planting trees and most of all children—rambling, sniffing, and laughing.

Irene O'Garden wrote this ode to nature from the responses of four hundred children—plus some of her own—to the question, Forest, what would you like?

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Performer and poet O'Garden's jubilant dialogue between sweet-natured children and a personified forest offers an apt blend of lush imagery and bare-bones kid-ness, set to a read-aloud rhythm. On the book's final page, O'Garden's author's note explains how the idea for the book blossomed in Garrison, N.Y. "Gowned as Mother Nature, I asked each child to tell me how the forest might answer the question: Forest, what would you like? From their four hundred responses, to which I added answers of my own, I distilled a ten-page poem," melding the voices of the children with her own. The effect is a seamless grassy green ribbon of fun with flora and fauna. "Forest, what would you like? / I would like friendship, fruit, song, / and all the spicy smells of Fall: / acorns, seeds, and crispy needles. / I would like my leaves to turn different colors / and a whole bunch of birds to fly through me." Schories expertly captures the conversation between children and nature. She sets the forest scenes in large, full-bleed panels that occupy whole pages or most of a spread, representing the children's voices with a multiethnic group of tots who populate the white space. A green-clad, elfin child personifies the forest, romping in the trees or sitting contemplatively by a wintry river. It is poetry set to the life cycle of nature--through the words of children. (Picture book. 3-7)

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ISBN-13:
9780823423224
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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