In this delightful picture book, Darren Lebeuf, an award-winning photographer, encourages small children to look closer at and appreciate the nature that surrounds them. And by providing such a broad range of ideas for artistic expression, it's sure to awaken the nature artist in every child. Bright, deeply textured illustrations by Ashley Barron bring the forest and the boy's artworks to vivid life. This story provides an excellent depiction of nature-based education in an outdoor classroom. The specificity of the concrete and abstract adjectives used in the text works as a perfect complement to primary science lessons on investigating, comparing and identifying the physical characteristics of plants and animals. This book also makes for an enjoyable, lyrical read-aloud.
“Nature and art intertwine in this multifaceted homage to the beauty and creativity that surrounds and resides within each of us.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"… a success on many levels …” — Quill & Quire, starred review
“A lovely celebration of all things green …” — School Library Journal
" ... a simple, satisfying tale that's just in time for spring.” — Booklist