This book offers twenty-six short, lighthearted, beautifully illustrated poems about
the forest and its animals, plants, and seasonal changes.
A spider is a “never-tangling
dangling spinner / knitting angles, trapping dinner.”
A tree frog proposes, “Marry me.
Please marry me. / Pick me now. / Make me your choice. / I’m one great frog / with
one strong voice.”
VanDerwater lets the inhabitants of the forest speak for themselves.
As she observes, “Silence in Forest / never lasts long. / Melody / is everywhere /
mixing in / with piney air. / Forest has a song.”
Gourley’s graceful, appealing
watercolor illustrations perfectly suit these charming poems that invite young
readers into the woodland world.
(©2013, hardcover, 40 pp., color illustrations)