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Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature Hardcover – February 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Gift edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076365549X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763655495
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 10.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best known for science books such as Extreme Animals (2006) and Surprising Sharks (2003), Davies turns to poetry in this large-format book. The poems cycle through the year from spring to winter, with more than a dozen poems in each seasonal section. Written in plain, down-to-earth language, the verse offers observations and information about the natural world as well as reflections, short narratives, and suggestions to help children to enjoy it. Hearld’s mixed-media collage illustrations are unified in style but varied in technique, offering different effects that suit the subjects of individual poems. The artwork is full of life and movement, color, and texture. While few of the verses rhyme, those that do are some of the best. A versatile blend of poetry and science, this is an excellent choice for sharing across the curriculum. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan

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Divided into seasons, this visceral introduction to the wonders of nature explores cycles and the passage of time through rich, textural images and thoughtful poems... Debut talent Hearld layers his organic tableaux with matte, paper-cut collages, woodcuts, and other mixed-media techniques, complementing the album of ideas, images, and moods created by Davies’s evocative poetry.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Reading poetry may seem an activity for the winter-bound and introverted, but this lovely collection, organized by season, urges children to dash outside, slamming the screen door behind them. Unlike so much poetry geared toward children, not all the verse here rhymes, introducing readers to poetic language outside the predictable cadences of Dr. Seuss. Mixed-media illustrations, with an emphasis on woodblock and silhouette, offer plenty of beauty to contemplate.
—The New York Times

This is a beautiful book, thick and sturdy and elegant, printed on paper that seems to whisper under the fingers.
—Wall Street Journal

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The collage work is stunning.
E. Fowler
Or perhaps, having read this book with its simple poems and delightful illustrations, I feel more grateful and tender toward the world outside my window.
Michele Kingery
Will be picking up more copies to share with friends!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michele Kingery on July 3, 2012
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I saw a very large black snake when I was biking yesterday. It was early evening and he was stretched across the road warming himself in the waning light. Instead of recoiling in horror, (my usual M.O.), I felt a sort of friendliness toward a fellow traveler. Perhaps because I'd seen him before in the very same spot. Or perhaps, having read this book with its simple poems and delightful illustrations, I feel more grateful and tender toward the world outside my window.

Author Nicola Davies says of writing "Outside Your Window": "I cast off my grown-up self and found the me I was at five or six." Flipping through the pages reminded of a time when the simplest things could inspire awe; an early morning spider's web in all its glittering geometry, the flick of a squirrel's tail, the tip of a seedling peeking up through the soil in a paper cup, the smudgy gray of a pigeon feather, a tumble of broken seashells scattered by a wave.

Mark Hearld uses a melange of cutouts, pastel, paint, pen and ink, woodblock print and colored pencil to create his juicy, layered collages. Detailed borders and backgrounds add even more dimension. I was so uplifted and inspired by his images, I could hardly wait to paint, draw and try my hand at carving a small woodblock.

It is Hearld's art, most of all, that gives proof of the rich gifts nature offers; the treasure trove of sights, sounds and seasons that wait "Outside Your Window". Davies' simple poems provide the perfect grace note.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jena on April 2, 2012
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I stumbled upon this book quite by accident and I am so thrilled that I did! The illustrations are gorgeous and not cartoon-like as some children's books can be. I appreciate that it is arranged by seasons and helps a child learn how he can interact with the natural world all through the year. Informative for little ones and a feast for the eyes. Will be picking up more copies to share with friends!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Haley Whitehall on March 24, 2013
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I loved this book! The illustrations are so beautiful I wish I could tear out the pages and frame them. The rhymes that go with the changing of the seasons are adorable and fun to read aloud to children. The world outside your window covers a wide variety of nature from rain to bees to cows. As I turned the pages I never knew what was going to be next.

This book is destined to be a Children's Classic. It should be in every library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Fowler on November 23, 2013
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So beautiful! A wonderful book to read with your child. An introduction to seasons, biology, nature, recipes. Shows the world how it is...interconnected. The collage work is stunning. Enjoyable for both adult & child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Comments on September 21, 2013
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Lovely book for young readers and young parents. Great drawings and stories for children to learn to appreciate nature and seasons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rogenia S Stecker on August 25, 2013
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This was a gift for my student teacher. She was a wonderful young enthusiastic teacher and I know this will be put to good use in her classroom for many years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Porter on May 9, 2013
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This book is one that will be used for many years. There is a lot of information presented in a pleasant format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By betty jump on January 12, 2013
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for parents who love to read to their young children and make them aware of nature.while entertaining themselves, great illustrations!
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