A spider is a “never-tangling dangling spinner / knitting angles, trapping dinner.” A tree frog proposes, “Marry me. Please marry me… / Pick me now. / Make me your choice. / I’m one great frog / with one strong voice.” VanDerwater lets the denizens of the forest speak for themselves in twenty-six lighthearted, easy-to-read poems. As she observes, “Silence in Forest / never lasts long. / Melody / is everywhere / mixing in / with piney air. / Forest has a song.” The graceful, appealing watercolor illustrations perfectly suit these charming poems that invite young readers into the woodland world at every season.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is a poet whose work has appeared in magazines and children's anthologies as well as picture books. She earned her MA degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and teaches writing in schools nationwide and at her blog, The Poem Farm. Amy lives in Holland, New York, with her family, animals, and books. Visit her online at amyludwigvanderwater.com, on Twitter @amylvpoemfarm, and on Instagram @amyludwigvanderwater.
Robbin Gourley is an artist and art director as well as an author and illustrator of cookbooks and picture books. She divides her time between rural Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York.
What People are Saying About This
"Moving gracefully through the seasons, newcomer VanDerwater shares a girl's experience of what the forest has to offer."
"The imagery is fresh and original; it's accessible, too. Watercolor images of each poem's subject add to the appeal."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Taken from the inside jacket “Take a walk in the forest. Have a chat with a chickadee, watch the fiddleheads unfurl, discover a fossil, hear what a young owl tells its mother before its first flight." Why I liked this book –This is an awesome book! I love the art and the poems! This is indeed a “perfect picture book”! The message is great (and important) because it talks about getting kids out and enjoying nature, and really paying attention to it. I like that it is told from the girl character’s point of view. I like that the dog is practically always with the girl and that the girl is anonymous. This is a wonderful book. I think that kids and parents will like love this book! **NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.