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Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature, Nicola Davies, illus Mark Hearld, Candlewick Press, $24,95

One look at this book and I was imagining a sunny, autumn day, a big picnic blanket and a sketchbook.

From the arresting cover to the final page, this picture book celebrates nature. Divided into four ‘chapters’ (spring, summer, autumn, winter) Nicola Davies’ poem takes the readers imagination and pushes it outside where “icicles melt and water whispers”, “where dandelions bloom like little suns”, and the “breeze shivers through the barley.”  There’s always books about nature crowding the shelves, but Nicola and Mark’s collaboration feels fresh and energetic.

It’s a wonderful book for very young readers, or inquisitive kids who have reached that age when suddenly every blade of grass is a revelation,

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From star-gazing, to exploring rockpools, to bees gathering at the hive, illustrator Mark Hearld’s bold, evocative collages and paintings capture the wonders of the everyday. You can watch a short film about him here

PERFECT FOR:

Nature lovers of any age.

IF YOU LIKE THIS YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Big Blue Whale: Read and Wonder by Nicola Davies and Nick Maland.

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