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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Someone Walks By: The Wonders of Winter Wildlife (Picture Book)

Released October 30, 2008

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

The forest is alive and in and around and on top of the snow creatures are walking by. The rabbit hops through the deep snow, the otter makes his way carefully across the icy stream, and the red squirrel keeps a careful watch to see who will amble by next. There are many creatures hiding in the forest and no one could be certain of who would be walking by soon. Would the mother bear snuggling together asleep with her cubs in their den be next? Other snuggly creatures are in the forest too!

“Secure deep within the rock,
in a thin and perfect cave,
little brown bat and friends
snuggle and shiver together
in their winter sleep.”

Polly Carlson-Voiles, a very talented collagist, brings winter forest life to life in this book. A little splash of watercolor to the collage is a marvelous touch to the art work. The storyline is very poetic and soothing. There is a large array of animals for children to look at and learn about and there is an “amazing fact” page in the back talking about animals who share a winter habitat and how they survive and thrive. Do I hear a rave squawking at us? “Kruk, Tok! Someone’s coming. Take care!”

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