From School Library Journal
PreSchool-KAGorgeous acrylic paintings offer readers a visual introduction to habitatsAwoods, 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.ALisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library.
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From Scientific American
This richly illustrated book takes you through woods and meadows and beside streams and ponds, where you discover, in fold-out panorama pages, butterflies and box turtles, wildflowers and water birds. When you're done reading, you may well want to take your own walk, as the author suggests, and "find a place to sit and watch and listen."