Title: What Forest Knows
Illustrator: August Hall
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Word Count: about 200________________________
Forest sees every season, from the first snowflake to the blossoming flower buds. Forest sees the ever-moving life in nature and the beauty it emanates. With lyrical language and rich and textured illustrations, What Forest Knows takes you on a hike through the trees, beyond the meadows, between the deer and foxes, and into the heart of the outdoors.
Story Element: Pacing
Spread 1: (Introduction)
A dog's fresh footprints - FOREST knows snow
Spread 2: (Pacing - quick)
Dog sitting on an icy surface, looks down at frozen fish.
Spread 3: (Pacing - peaceful phrases)
squirrels asleep in hollows
insects burrowed in bark
moles resting among roots
Spread 4: (Pacing – anticipation)
Forest knows buds
soft life pushing through
Spread 5: (Pacing gives musical flow)
of yellow-green, purple, pink
above cascading creeks.
Warblers, woodpeckers, bluebirds
sing spring songs,
Forest continues through the seasons.
Forest knows everything belongs.
All the animals, nature and a dog that scampers through Forest.
Even the reader –
(Post #9 for the 14:14 Picture Book Blog Review Challenge created by Christie Wild of Write Wild. http://christiewrightwild.blogspot.com)