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
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
Got two copies for our grandchildren for Easter. Seemed to be a big hit. We are avid wildlife observers and this seems a way to share that with the youngest family membersPublished 4 months ago by Carol Ann Frost
This is an absolutely charming British children's book, beautifully written Nicola Davies, and illustrated by one of my all-time favorite artists, Mark Hearld. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gillian McM
Love this book also, however did not realize that the content is the same as ' a first book of nature' by the same author ! Just has a different cover !Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth Wright
Right up there with Alice, Peter Rabbit and Winnie-the Pooh. Nicola Davies speaks straight to our hearts and Mark Hearld's collage illustrations are beyond magic - I can't explain... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Margaret D
I bought this a while back but never got around to posting a review. Absolutely gorgeous book with the most wonderful poems on the theme of seasons and nature. We love it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Katie Smith
This is a wonderful book, beautiful illustrations.
Good for older or younger children, even adults will enjoy this gorgeous tribute to nature.
So beautiful! A wonderful book to read with your child. An introduction to seasons, biology, nature, recipes. Shows the world how it is...interconnected. Read morePublished 21 months ago by E. Fowler
Lovely book for young readers and young parents. Great drawings and stories for children to learn to appreciate nature and seasons.Published 23 months ago by Frank Comments