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Outside Your Window: A First Book of Natureby Nicola Davies
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This gorgeously illustrated volume of poetry — sprinkled with facts and fun things to do — sows an early love for nature in all its beauty and wonder.
The buzz of bees in summertime. The tracks of a bird in the winter snow. This beautiful book captures all the sights and sounds of a childs interactions with nature, from planting acorns or biting into crisp apples to studying tide pools or lying back and watching the birds overhead. No matter whats outside their windows — city streets or country meadows — kids will be inspired to explore the world around them. Written by award-winning author Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld, a breathtaking new talent in childrens books, Outside Your Window is a stunning reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered.
"Divided into seasons, this visceral introduction to the wonders of nature explores cycles and the passage of time through rich, textural images and thoughtful poems. Spring is 'the busiest season.' Icicles melt, frogs lay eggs, and birds migrate: 'They've flown so far!/ Over forests, mountains, deserts, seas.' Summer is 'Time to look at the sky/ and dream,' explore tide pools, and build dens. With fall come new observations ('They're not animals, and they're not plants./ They're something else — / they're fungi: toadstools, mushrooms, molds'), and in winter 'Patchwork pigeons, made of sky,/ catch the rain clouds when they fly.' Debut talent Hearld layers his organic tableaux with matte, paper-cut collages, woodcuts, and other mixed-media techniques, complementing the album of ideas, images, and moods created by Davies's evocative poetry. Ages 3 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Nicola Davies is a zoologist and an award-winning author whose many books for children include Surprising Sharks, illustrated by James Croft; Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth, illustrated by Neal Layton; and Gaia Warriors. Nicola Davies lives in Wales.
"To write Outside Your Window I cast off my grown-up self and found the me I was at five or six. Inside that younger self I could see the world as I saw it first — not just the sights and sounds of nature, but the feelings and the thoughts about it that ran through me, strong as the tide." — Nicola Davies
Mark Hearld is a distinguished artist who makes prints, paintings, collages, textiles, and ceramics that are inspired by the natural world, especially by animals. He lives in England.
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