- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101932813
- ISBN-13: 978-1101932810
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Inspiring children to claim the "wild" where they can find it, this notable debut is a paean to the beauty, fun, and relevance of the natural world. Emerging from the subway, two children travel through fields, forests, mountains, and meadows, exploring the many pleasures to be found outdoors. Evocative language encourages the use of all five senses when journeying through the landscape. "Wild is full of smells—fresh mint, ancient cave, sun-baked desert, sharp pine, salt sea. Every scent begging you to drink it in." City dwellers are emboldened to seek out and investigate nature hiding amid the buildings and streets, as the children return home and discover an urban oasis. Multitextured digitally finished watercolor and pencil illustrations portray the varieties of nature, from a tiny sprout and shiny spiderweb to a lakeside trail and a pack of baying wolves. Colorful spreads provide space to feel the grandeur of the environment. VERDICT In an age when children spend less and less time outside, this ode to the wonder of the natural world is a step in the right direction. Perfect for a city-critters or nature unit.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
About the Author
Megan Wagner Lloyd lives in Washington DC with her family. She loves to find wild while hiking in the woods and exploring on the beach. This is her first book. Visit Megan at meganwagnerlloyd.com.
Abigail Halpin finds wild in the woods of Maine, where she grew up and spent her summers camping with her family. Her first picture book was Bella’s Rules by Elissa Haden Guest. She has also illustrated many beautiful covers for novels. She lives in Maine. Visit her at theodesign.com.
Top customer reviews
Finding Wild fosters awareness and appreciation of nature and is an enthusiastic encouragement to unplug and go outside. That’s something many children heartily need in our—wonderfully-- technological age.
Beginning with questions, the author draws the reader into an adventure that the illustrations vividly underscore. Sometimes the words are factual, “sometimes wild is buried too deep”. At other times they’re inspirational to the imagination, [the wild] “steals back forgotten places”.
Reading this would be a wonderful opportunity to remind a child of their own outdoor experiences, from the walk out to get the mail to the last trip to a national park. This is a book that could build the sense of adventure with repeated readings instead of diminishing it—a real test for a picture book.
Because the subject matter is conceptual, whether the reader is engaged or not will mater. But given that, I think it will be a repeat request for many children. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to be that adult reader, though now that it’s in my collection it’s something I look forward to. I might make a mini photo album with pictures of them on their outdoor adventures to look at after each reading,-- a great way to mix reading with nature.
The age range, preschool to 2nd grade is about right, though children will hit the sweet spot at different times.
Adoption-attuned Lens: This book also is an excellent potential conversation starter for adoptive families. Kids feel freer to explore a story that is not overtly their own yet may bear similarities in terms of difficulties, danger or survival. This added layer of dissociation enables them to explore events without fully awakening their own struggles, tough situations, harsh circumstances. Tread lightly. Let kids take the lead. Unless kids choose to speak of their personal events, focus conversation of how “some kids” faced these challenges and survived. --Gayle H. Swift, "ABC, Adoption & Me: A Multicultural Picture Book
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The pictures show a boy and a girl leaving the city and venturing out into the wild.Read more