Sunday, February 22, 2015

What Forest Knows: PB #9 for 14:14 Review

Title: What Forest Knows
Author: George Ella Lyon
Illustrator: August Hall
Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Year: 2014
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.
icy branches
frozen waterfall

Spread 3: (Pacing - peaceful phrases)
squirrels asleep in hollows
insects burrowed in bark
moles resting among roots
Forest knows waiting, 
holding on.

Spread 4: (Pacing – anticipation)

Forest knows buds
soft life pushing through

Spread 5: (Pacing gives musical flow)
a haze
of yellow-green, purple, pink
above cascading creeks.

Warblers, woodpeckers, bluebirds
sing spring songs,
weave nests.

Forest continues through the seasons.
Forest knows everything belongs. 
All the animals, nature and a dog that scampers through Forest.
Even the reader –
YOU, too.

(Post #9 for the 14:14 Picture Book Blog Review Challenge created by Christie Wild of Write Wild.


  1. What a beautiful, lyrical treatment of the seasons and the importance of nature. Thanks for sharing!

  2. How poetic! It sounds like it really captures the peaceful yet alive feeling of being in the forest.

  3. This sound gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Manju, this is a lovely book, and does carry the reader through the paces of a 'hike' through the woods. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. The dog helps carry the reader through as well.


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