|* French board
book edition, too!
the book jacket:
Who's in the forest,
dark and deep?
Peek through the
holes to see what creatures are
hiding in the forest. There are
foxes creep, creep, creeping, birds
cheep, cheep, cheepng, and bear cubs
tumbling in a heap, heap, heap. Who
else can you find among the trees?
A little about the book:
associations with forests are happy
ones--camping in the redwood forests
of California as a child, and as an
adult living alongside a protected,
woodsy watershed in New Jersey.
Narrow hiking trails led us into the
ferny deep where there was always
something exciting to see--a patch
of mushrooms, a busy critter, a
I hope Who's
in the Forest?, with its
bright and cheerful illustrations by
Jill McDonald, will impart some of
the joy and wonder we feel in the
midst of forest life.
Check out Who's
in the Garden? for
more rhyming fun and Jill's lively
collage and patchwork paintings.
collaged forest presents itself for
young explorers in a
question-and-answer format enhanced
by die-cut peepholes and repeated
onomatopoeia. "Who's in the
forest, dark and deep?" There's a
lot to look at: In the opening
spread, readers will see owls,
woodpeckers, a deer, a porcupine, a
beaver, a rabbit, a raccoon—and,
framed in the peephole, a cardinal.
Turn the page, and readers will find
out what else: "Birds in the
treetops— cheep, cheep, cheep ."
Squirrels, foxes, bear cubs and owls
(" fast asleep ") appear through the
peephole, but the novelty of the
page turn is blunted by the crowd
that populates each spread. That
said, it's a friendly, beckoning
crowd, and there's lots for parents
and readers to exclaim over and
point out, even if the gimmick is a
bit of a bust. All in all, a
pleasant outing. (Board book. 2-4)--