Forest: A See to Learn Book

Forest: A See to Learn Book

Written by: Moss Gamblin, Kate
Illustrated by: Patkau, Karen
From the series: See to Learn
ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2

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.

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.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Mar 1, 2019
Specifications pages | 8.75 in x 10 in

Praise for author Kate Moss Gamblin, illustrator Karen Patkau and Forest

“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. ” — Kirkus Reviews 

“[T]his beautiful nonfiction picture book will be a useful jumping-off point for inquiry and land-based pedagogy. The illustrations are lush…” — School Library Journal

Forest … brings the concept of sustainability to young readers … and invites imagination.” — 49th Shelf Blog


Praise for books illustrated by Karen Patkau:

A Good Trade by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau

“Expertly crafted.” — Kirkus, starred review

 

One Watermelon Seed by Celia Barker Lottridge, illustrated by Karen Patkau

“The vibrant colors and close-up views of the produce make it look delicious and irresistible.” — School Library Journal

Audience ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2
Reading Levels Lexile AD790L
Key Text Features author's note
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.5
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4