Growing up in the country, nature surrounded me. Nature nested in sturdy branches, burrowed holes in my mother’s garden, nibbled juicy mulberries in the woods, made a cozy home beneath rotted logs, and glistened after a summer rain. Nature also found its way into our house where it climbed up the windows (thousands of ladybugs), thought it was okay to share my pillow (a long, hairy millipede), and nestled on the windowsill to dry its wings after hatching in my bedroom (a luna moth).
When I was about ten, I spotted a wasp nest under construction above our front door. Instead of swatting it down with the kitchen broom, my mother introduced nature to me as the precious gift it is. She brought out a pair of garden chairs from the garage and set them up within five feet of the wasps. That afternoon, we watched the winged architects increase the size of their home while we sipped iced tea and enjoyed the amazing show.
Watching nature is at the heart of today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday review.
Title – On Bird Hill – view on Amazon HERE.
Written by – Jane Yolen
Illustrated by – Bob Marstall
Published by – The Cornell Lab Publishing Group – 2016
Suitable for ages – 3-7
Topics/Theme – observation, nature, birds,
As I was walking on Bird Hill,
Though it was day, the moon shone still.
And on Bird Hill, I saw a tree,
As light and bright as it could be.
Why do I like this book? This rhyming picture book is written and illustrated in an amazing way. The reader begins with a broad view of nature. Then, page after page we are made aware that something wonderful is about to happen as we are moved in closer and closer to the big moment (which I will not spoil for you).
Learn more about Jane Yolen HERE.
Learn more about Bob Marstall HERE.
Until next Friday!