Walk on the Wild Side

Walk on the Wild Side

by Nicholas Oldland

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Overview

Walk on the Wild Side by Nicholas Oldland

This clever picture book tells readers right away what to expect. "There once was a bear, a moose and a beaver who loved adventure. But sometimes their competitive natures got in the way of having fun." One day, the three set off to climb a mountain together. But on the way there, they decide to make it more exciting by turning the climb into a race to the top. It's only after being sidelined by a series of mishaps — a boulder tumbling down the path, the moose hanging off the side of the cliff, the bear hanging off the moose hanging off the side of the cliff — that the three friends realize competitions don't always make for a good time. "At the end of the day, the bear, the moose and the beaver agreed that reaching the top of the mountain was great, but enjoying the journey together was even better."

This funny, contemporary fable is from Nicholas Oldland's popular Life in the Wild series. The wonderful fun here is the comedy that highlights the adventure, in both the dry humor of the text as well as the simple, earth-toned illustrations that provide a humorous visual play-by-play of the action. This would make a terrifically entertaining storytime title, easily promoting the importance of teamwork, kindness and friendship. It could also be used in the early grades as part of a classroom discussion of woodland animals and their habitats. Another lesson here is the pleasure of getting outdoors for recreation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771381093
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Series: Life in the Wild Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 408,977
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Nicholas Oldland earned a degree in fine arts at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and enjoyed success as a commercial artist and filmmaker before taking up the role of creative director at Hatley, a popular apparel company. Big Bear Hug is his first picture book.

Nicholas Oldland earned a degree in fine arts at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and enjoyed success as a commercial artist and filmmaker before taking up the role of creative director at Hatley, a popular apparel company. Big Bear Hug is his first picture book.

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Walk on the Wild Side 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
It’s a wonderful day to be outside so the three friends, bear, moose and beaver set off on a hike. Sitting down to rest, they thought about how to make their day of hiking more adventurous. Being competitive, their brains are working but Beavers idea to make it a race had them up and going. Over and under, up and down they went until a near incident left moose needing assistance. Dangling, moose cries for help. Bear bravely tries to help, by sadly ends up in the same predicament. Beaver’s quick thinking comes to the rescue and the three friends reflect upon their journey and reassess the remainder of their trip. For sometimes it’s not about the end result, it’s about the journey getting there. There was something about the illustrations in this book that drew me to it. They were not busy but fun and eye-catching and the animals themselves were big and their leg movements were boxy, like soldiers and I just fell in love in them. Little comments in the story added humor to the storyline as the seriousness in the story leaped forward. At the beginning of the story, these animals presented themselves as competitive, they each wanted to win and they each had a difference of opinion which they thought mattered most but as the story progressed they changed. It’s a great storyline with terrific vocabulary words (dangling, descended, fearlessly, daring) that shows what true friendship is all about. Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for sharing this book title with me, this review is my own opinion.