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Where Once There Was a Wood Hardcover – April 15, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

This ardent plea for the conservation of wildlife habitats contains some of Fleming's (In the Small, Small Pond; Lunch, see p. 70) most accomplished artwork ever. Her paintings, composed of richly dyed and textured cotton rag fiber, sustain an emotional but controlled intensity. Through a combination of earthy browns and grays, occasionally splashed with bold yellow, red and blue, Fleming depicts a graceful natural world that she fears is disappearing. In the form of a single brief verse, she accompanies her art with a chronicle of creatures displaced by a newly erected housing development, "where once the heron fished/ and speared his glittering food.../ sit houses side by side/ twenty houses deep." Four well-designed pages follow the text with specific, practical suggestions about how communities and and individuals can help "welcome wildlife" to a backyard habitat. Addresses for further information and useful, anecdotal hints are also included. A beautiful call to action. Ages 5-10.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2?Fleming's unique illustrative style provides an exciting backdrop to this distinctive, environmental picture book. The simple, hand-lettered text introduces the wild creatures and plants that once thrived in a wooded area, before their displacement by a housing development. Art, text, and design are creatively matched. Lush, textured collage artwork features a stunning combination and arrangement of colors with brilliant hues juxtaposed against muted earth tones. It is remarkable that the gentle, poetic narration is never overpowered by the pictures. Instead, a graceful rhythm is established as the natural habitats are explored. The tempo accelerates when animals are observed in action. The final two pages provide a dramatic conclusion as the text switches from free-flowing to deliberate. The illustrations change as well, presenting a sharp contrast between the beauty of the natural habitat and the stark symmetry of roof lines and window frames. Suggestions for creating backyard habitats and brief directions for establishing butterfly and hummingbird gardens are appended, along with information about the National Wildlife Federation and a list of related books. A book to be shared with and enjoyed by a wide audience.?Sarabeth Kalajian, Venice Public Library, FL
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 5
  • Hardcover: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (April 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805037616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805037616
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Story gently reminds us that our homes displaced wild areas and helps us think about how to remedy the damage. Great illustrations and a wonderful specific guide at the end showing simple yet significant ways children and adults can help, starting in their own yard.
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This beautifully illustrated book is an excellent introduction to conservation and ecology for 5-7 year olds. The illustrations are inviting, and the text helps draw in young readers.
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This is the final book we used in our preschool autumn unit on Camping. The urban children gained an appreciation of forests and the animals that live there as we read many books and engaged in many hands-on activities. We cooked on a campstove, kept our food in a little cooler, took naps in an indoor tent, and learned something about many forest animals. I heard several exclamations of, "AWWWW, OH NO!" as they realized the wood was gone - replaced by buildings. A great book to open a child's awareness to ecology and conservation both in text and pictures. Highly recommend.
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I use this book every year around Earth Day. My kindergarteners love it! The story is a bit sad and is a great discussion starter. My class asked me what was wrong when I was finished reading it with tears in my eyes.

Get this wonderful picture book for your class! If you incorporate environmental science into your curriculum, you won't regret it.
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