I Took a Walk

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Have you ever sat quietly near a stream, or in a meadow or a wood, and just looked and listened? Well, now is your chance-come walk with Henry Cole in this delightful follow-up to Jack's Garden. Vibrant, die-cut flaps fold out, inviting young viewers to observe the many forms of wildlife and plants found on land and in the water. Turn the pages for an interactive and fun exploration into nature. You'll be surprised by how much you see!

A visit to woods, pasture, and...

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Overview

Have you ever sat quietly near a stream, or in a meadow or a wood, and just looked and listened? Well, now is your chance-come walk with Henry Cole in this delightful follow-up to Jack's Garden. Vibrant, die-cut flaps fold out, inviting young viewers to observe the many forms of wildlife and plants found on land and in the water. Turn the pages for an interactive and fun exploration into nature. You'll be surprised by how much you see!

A visit to woods, pasture, and pond brings encounters with various birds, insects, and other creatures of nature. Flaps fold out to reveal the animals on each two-page spread.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The pictures of the meadow, its lush grasses and flowers and bustling insects and wildlife are wonderful. The challenge for kids is to locate the named creatures, plants and other items within each scene-four of which spread over three pages. It isn't easy, although children are certainly much better at spotting things than adults. The answer key is found on the last page. The only caveat is that a number of the creatures may not be known to very young kids (the format is a picture book) and those who would know may not be drawn to the format. It could be a nice addition to science programs in the early elementary grades (K-3).
School Library Journal
PreS-KGorgeous acrylic paintings offer readers a visual introduction to habitatswoods, meadow, stream, and pond. Gatefold pages meant to encourage observation skills feature a full-page flap with text in simple language and large type that describes each scene. Under the flap is a list of 10-15 animals, insects, or plants for children to find on the full-bleed pages. The lists, however, seem complex, containing items that youngsters and many adults may not be able to identify. For example, the list of things to find in and around the stream includes "a mourning cloak butterfly...a spicebush butterfly...a tiger swallowtail butterfly...signs of a beaver." Not until the end of the book are match-ups provided: in small type on a single-page, the four lists and foldouts are reproduced with numbers matching names to insects, plants, and animals. Extensive adult participation will be necessary to help children understand that each page represents a different habitat. Jim Arnosky's Crinkleroot's Guide to Walking in Wild Places S & S, 1990 is a superior choice for primary-grade audiences, but preschool and kindergarten teachers may appreciate this book.Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library.
Kirkus Reviews
Cole's book is like a quick visit to the natural-history museum; each of four triple-page spreads resembles a diorama of oldþa snapshot of a particular environment and the creatures it hosts. There are four environmentsþwood, meadow, stream, pondþand each is briefly introduced ("I lay down in the middle of the meadow and smelled the sweet red clover. I saw ") before the flap folds out to reveal a tableau. On a final page, Cole (Jack's Garden, 1995) notes the 12þ15 creatures to be found on each page, a list that is almost identical to the main text but for the numbers that key the items into the pictures. Still, the book conveys the notion of community and coexistence, in artwork that is delightfully fresh. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688151157
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 318,981
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Lovely book

    Beautifully detailed pictures help children begin to look & SEE.

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