Wake Up! by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder (9780763681494, Amazon)
This is the fourth collaboration of poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder. Once again, there is a focus on nature and its wonder. In this book, spring is the subject with new eggs, newly hatched animals, and babies galore. Frost’s poetry is simple and skillful, filled with rhymes and rhythm that carry the book forward inviting investigation. Lieder’s photography is wonderful, capturing that same love of the wild.
Frost’s poetry is particularly deft. She invites readers to explore the outside world, look up into the sky and the trees. She looks below the water and at seeds on the breeze. The photography follows these invitations, capturing eggs, tadpoles and baby deer in their natural habitat. The book ends with more in-depth information on the animals featured in the images.
Another delightful success by this pair, this picture book deserves a place in every library to help celebrate spring. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from library copy.
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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Nightstruck by Jenna Black
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman
The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin