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A See to Learn Book: See to Learn Series, Book 1
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Forest: A See to Learn Book is the first book in a series of non-fiction picture books for very young children, using lyrical phrasing to encourage a sensitive perception of the natural world and a...
Forest: A See to Learn Book is the first book in a series of non-fiction picture books for very young children, using lyrical phrasing to encourage a sensitive perception of the natural world and a...
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  • Forest: A See to Learn Book is the first book in a series of non-fiction picture books for very young children, using lyrical phrasing to encourage a sensitive perception of the natural world and a caring connection with it.

    Through gentle questions, the text asks young readers to consider what they see and experience in the forest through the seasons — animal tracks, tiny creatures in the soil, birds soaring in the sky above, towering trees, shade and dappled sunlight — drawing local connections alongside those of a global sensibility.

    Stunningly beautiful illustrations show a child and grownup exploring the forest, appreciating its beauty, learning its secrets and enjoying moments of wonder, all first steps toward developing a lifelong awareness of our interconnectedness to the Earth and our impact on the environment.

    Key Text Features
    author's note

    Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1
    With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
    Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.5
    Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

About the Author-

  • KATE MOSS GAMBLIN was inspired to write the See to Learn series, including Forest: A See to Learn Book, following her doctoral research in sustainability learning, which uniquely combined a focus on environmental perception with an international comparative approach. She has international professional experience within education as well as climate change and environmental projects; her current focus is on enterprises involving sustainability, education and consulting. Kate lives in Toronto.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 11, 2019
    The first in a projected series by sustainability learning expert Gamblin poses a cavalcade of questions to guide young readers in observing a woodland environment—queries draw attention to tracks and residents, trees and seasons. Details from these questions (“the moss-covered stump of this ancient tree”) are faithfully reflected in Patkau’s accompanying artwork; the slick illustrations’ digital quality, however, jars somewhat against the text’s more emotional natural evocations. While some readers may find that the specificity of the questions (“Do you see the pine needles, chestnut, oak and maple leaves all mixed together?”) help teach them how “to engage with our delightful Earth,” others may discover that the queries offer too little wiggle room for creative observations to emerge. Still, the open question that closes the book—“What do you see when you see a forest?”—offers an excellent segue to get readers thinking. Ages 4–7.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2019

    Gr 1-5-Drawing on her doctoral research in sustainability and her international teaching experiences, Gamblin has written a picture book that doubles as a love letter to the forest ecosystem. The gentle second-person narration is intimate and conversational: every page begins with the question, "Do you see?"pulling readers and listeners into the world of the forest, where they might encounter "the swoop of the swallow in flight" or "the delicious sunlight, giving way to the soft darkness of night." With reading suggestions for young and older readers, this beautiful nonfiction picture book will be a useful jumping-off point for inquiry and land-based pedagogy. The illustrations are lush and patterned, and the rich interplay between the text and images allows for this story to work well for read-alouds and silent reading. VERDICT A strong purchase for schools and libraries to encourage connection with the natural world.-Jen McConnel, Queen's University, Ont.

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    January 15, 2019
    What can you see in a forest?A series of questions leads readers through an evocative visual experience in this exploration of the woods, its plants, and its creatures. The book begins with, "What do you see when you see a forest floor? Do you see feet--yours and mine--and the marks of others who have crossed this path, on hoof or paw?" It then moves through other sights, including animals, leaves, trees, clouds, days and nights, seasons, colors, flowers, finally leading up to: "Do you see the invitation of the forest, weaving all our lives together? What do you see when you see a forest?" Realistic, digitally rendered art is closely paired with the various descriptions, which focus on perceptions and perspectives related to interconnectivity, sustainability, and nature in all its forms. While the goals here seem to be education and nature appreciation as opposed to anything literary, the text has a lyrical quality. Grace notes in the art include a liberal attitude toward breaking the frame, as when strands of a spider's web stretch across white space. This first in the See to Learn series is ideal for starting a dialogue about the natural world both at home or in the classroom.An inquiry into the world of nature in general and forests specifically that will lead children to form observations and questions of their own. (author's note, further reading) (Informational picture book. 4-7)

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  • Kirkus Reviews This first in the See to Learn series is ideal for starting a dialogue about the natural world both at home or in the classroom . . . that will lead children to form observations and questions of their own.

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