Pay no attention to the fact that it's freezing cold and snowing!
SPRING is officially HERE!
We should definitely celebrate with spring-colored cake! Help yourselves :)
|Lemon Cake with Lavender Icing -
pretty AND delicious :)
Written By: Helen Frost
Photography By: Rick Lieder
Candlewick, March 2012, Fiction
Themes/Topics: nature, insects, taking time to look closely, poetry
Suitable For: ages 2-7
Opening: "Step gently out,/ be still, and watch a single blade of grass."
Brief Synopsis: (From the Booklist starred review) "Nature’s miracles are often small and hard to capture, but in a syncopated harmony of text and image, Frost and Lieder manage to depict tiny moments as seen through a bugs-eye-view of the world... Moving from day to night, the poem makes for a soothing bedtime lullaby that includes a reminder to children about the book’s small creatures: "In song and dance / and stillness, / they share the world / with you.""
Links To Resources: the back of the book includes lots of information on all the insects pictured - a resource all in itself. In addition, here are some Insect Coloring Pages. Try taking some photographs of your own. Try writing a short poem about an insect.
Why I Like This Book: I am always in favor of books that encourage kids to go outside and look closely at the real world around them, really observe it, think about it, be part of it. I'm not an insect lover per se :), but this book is amazingly beautiful. I cannot stress enough how absolutely exquisite the photography is. Such detail! I wish I could share every page, but that would probably be frowned upon :) Here's one more little sample:
It's breathtaking, isn't it? and I think kids and adults alike will thoroughly enjoy looking at it, especially in combination with the poetic text which is as gorgeous in it's imagery as the photography is. This book is a feast for eyes and ears and hearts!
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PPBF bloggers please be sure to leave your post-specific link in the list below so we can all come visit you! And now everyone go out and enjoy Spring! Just, if you live in my neck of the woods, put on your jacket... your hat... your snow boots... your scarf... your mittens... and then go frolic :)
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! :)