Thursday, April 2, 2015

What Forest Knows review

The forest sees every season, from the first snowflake to the blossoming flower buds. The forest sees the ever-moving life in nature and the beauty it emanates. With lyrical language and rich and textured illustrations, What Forest Knows takes you on a hike through the trees, beyond the meadows, between the deer and foxes, and into the heart of the outdoors.(goodreads)

When you think of a forest would you ever see it from Its' point-of- view?  This gentle, poetic book will do just that as it takes you on a journey with its' beautiful text and illustrations. It guides you through the changes of the season while a boy and his dog explore the forest beginning with winter. Forest soon turns into spring, then summer and fall while knowing every new beginning and ending that follows.  As the buds begin, animals awake and food becomes plentiful, the forest knows many wondrous things letting us know the magic it holds.  The illustrations were soft and gentle reminding me of a nature walk in one of my favorite places taking in all that it has to offer. Spotting the dog on every page as the story flows will be a favorite for the little ones.  This book could also work well with a nature themed unit just as the seasons are about ready for a change. What about adventuring out for a nature hike afterwards!  I think this is a "just right book" for ages 3-7.~

Title:  What Forest Knows
Author: George Ella Lyon, illustrated by August Hall
Pub. Date:  November 2014, Anthem Books for Young Readers
Genre: picture books
Hardcover, 40 pgs.

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