Wednesday, April 24, 2019

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Hello, I'm Here!/Bloom Boom!


ABOUT THE BOOK

A poetic text and wonderfully intimate photographs follow a newborn sandhill crane as it takes its first steps into the world.

Will my legs hold me?
What if I fall?

Peek in as a sandhill crane hatchling makes its first wobbly stand and takes its first steps alongside its brother. With their parents close by, they flap their wings and dance before enjoying a buggy treat. Someday they will fly with the majestic cranes overhead, but for now, Mama's soft feathers beckon. With a lyrical narrative and lovely photo illustrations, this latest venture from an acclaimed creative team makes a perfect new baby gift -- and will appeal to bird lovers, too.


REVIEW

Helen Frost and Rick Lieder have created another beautifully poetic ode to the wonders of nature.  This book focuses on the experiences of a young sandhill crane chick as it emerges into the world.  One of the things I love most about Frost's and Lieder's work is how well the words and photographs go together.  As Frost writes, "I'm out in the world ---I don't know where. Mama? Papa? Hello, I'm here!" we see a close up photograph of the chick all alone in the nest.  The matching words and text creates a wonderful story that is neither too simple nor too detailed. As with their other works, Frost and Lieder have created a gorgeous book that honors the beauty that nature provides those who take the time to look.


ABOUT THE BOOK

 
Discover the magic—and the science—behind spring flower blooms with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll, Best in Snow, and Full of Fall.

When spring arrives, flowers of all kinds sprout and grow buds and bloom. Sometimes, they bloom a few at a time. But other times, many will bloom at once in a colorful flower boom! This photographic exploration of flowers goes from the desert to the woodlands and beyond, celebrating their beautiful variety and the science behind these colorful displays.


REVIEW

I always enjoy getting my hands on another April Pulley Sayre book because I know that it will be lovely.  And this book lives up to that expectation.  With only a few words per page, Sayre's poetry beautifully complements the large photographs.  In this book, the topic is wildflowers and springtime and the beauty of a field of wildflowers.  The catchiness of the title and repeated refrain adds to the joyful feel of the book.   And at the back of the book there is additional information for those like me who want to know the names and locations of the different flowers.  A book that highlights one of wonders of the natural world in a powerful way.

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