A Park Connects Us
by Sarah Nelson
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Pub Date 15 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 02 Jun 2022
Owlkids Books, Owlkids
An ode to urban parks and the many ways they connect us to community and nature
This picture book excursion through a city park invites readers to discover how shared green spaces bring us together. Lyrical, upbeat text illuminates the abundant gifts the park offers. Vibrant mixed-media illustrations show a diverse group of visitors as they explore this communal space. Children frolic; couples wander; flowers bloom and birds zoom; friends and families picnic and play ball or simply sink their toes peacefully into the present moment. Meanwhile, rolling hills and green trees enfold visitors in nature’s beauty. Encouraged by the sense of unity the park creates, the visitors come together for a joyful dance party and a march for peace and equality. Spread by spread, we see how urban parks are for everyone—whoever we are.
This love letter to public parks depicts an inclusive and accessible space where community flourishes. Without a screen in sight, it gently hints at the adventures to be had offline and encourages readers to venture into nature and connect with their neighborhoods. Back matter provides a brief history of urban parks in North America and highlights park successes around the world.
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Average rating from 28 members
A Park Connects Us is a vibrant story about how parks affect us in the best way. There is so much diversity on each page, from the type of park portrayed, the different people visiting the park, and the activities that happen at the park. There are young and old park goers, park goers in wheelchairs, and park goers in all colors. I envision young readers becoming so excited to see themselves on the pages of these books and making connections with the characters.
My students have a park unit in science where they have to create a park that is fit for all living things, humans, plants and animals. This story would be a great introduction to that unit and would help them visualize the different people that go to parks and what activities they like to do. I also think readers of any age would enjoy perusing the beautiful illustrations. I particularly loved the sky on the last few pages where the sun is setting and the sky is full of so many different colors!
Thank you NetGalley and OwlKids Books for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
This was a lovely, wonderful book that I will definitely be purchasing for my classroom. I loved all of the beautiful illustrations of different people and families, as well as the beautiful nature scenes at the park. This book will introduce some new words to my students, as well as give them ideas to connect with that they already have. I would love this in a board book for my infants as well!
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