Wednesday, June 01, 2016
by Megan Wagner Lloyd
This picture book is an extended poem on the different types of wilderness to be found. Sometimes it's obvious, other times you have to look for it. And sometimes it's one extreme or another: forest-fire hot or icicle cold; smooth as the petals of poppies or as rough as the fierce face of a mountain. What does wild give us? Berries, honey and snow. How does it sound? It roars, hisses, barks and brays. Sometimes the wild hides from us (in the city), but it's never far away. The text and the illustrations in this book are nicely matched, showing a boy and girl encountering the different terrain, vegetation and creatures. A quick and lyrical read for young children.