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Lake: A See to Learn Book

Written by Kate Moss Gamblin • Illustrated by Karen Patkau

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published September 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781554988815
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.)

Cover of Lake: A See to Learn Book

Regular price $16.95 CAD

24 pages | 10 in × 8.75 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Lake: A See to Learn Book

Kate Moss Gamblin • Karen Patkau

Lake: A See to Learn Book, the second book in the See to Learn series, is designed to inspire scientific curiosity, appreciation of beauty and connection to the natural world, through gentle questions and vibrant illustrations.

Lake: A See to Learn Book is the second title in a series of non-fiction picture books for very young children that uses lyrical language to encourage a sensitive perception of the natural world and a caring connection with it.

The text asks young readers to consider what they see and experience at a lake through the seasons — from dragonflies and hummingbirds in summer, to crimson leaves in fall, to goslings on the lake’s icy surface in winter, to moose calves by the water’s edge in spring — drawing local connections alongside those of a global sensibility.

Gorgeous illustrations show a child and adult appreciating the lake’s 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.

Includes suggestions for further reading and an author’s note regarding aspects of shaping our inner environmental compass.

Key Text Features
author's note
further reading

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

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

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 Creators

Kate Moss Gamblin

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.

Karen Patkau

Karen Patkau has been writing and illustrating picture books, with a focus on nature and non-fiction, for more than thirty years. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Medal for her first book, Don’t Eat Spiders by Robert Heidbreder, and since then her titles have appeared on lists including Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalists, Green Book Festival Award finalists, Ontario Library Association Best Bets and White Ravens selections. Karen has also illustrated Forest: A See to Learn Book. She lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise

Praise for author Kate Moss Gamblin and illustrator Karen Patkau for Lake: A See to Learn Book:

“[Lake] calls attention to the importance of the natural world, provides visual and sensory description, pinpoints relevant and unexpected details, encourages children to ask and answer questions, and seeks to elicit a sense of awe.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A pleasant reminder of the lovely features to be found around a wild lake. An enjoyable, interactive ­one-on-one read.” — School Library Journal

“The questions are not simply pointed but rich in sensory and scientific information. … they encourage quiet reflection in a busy world.” — Booklist

“[Lake] reinforces the message that we need to teach our young people to really see what is in the world around us. … Karen Patkau’s digital art is expansive and beautiful.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“Patkau’s accurate portrayal of plant and wildlife is especially valuable in this time when awareness of nature is critical to all species’ health — including our own.” — Toronto Star

Lake reminds us to be grateful for the nature that surrounds us, and all the wildlife a lake helps support. Highly recommended.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“[P]rovocative questions gently nudge the reader toward scientific principles.” — 49th Shelf Blog

"[A]n informative and entertaining way for little ones to learn more about the lake itself." — Sal's Fiction Addiction Blog

"[S]imple, lyrical text guides young readers in carefully observing eye-catching digital illustrations." — The Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group

Praise for author Kate Moss Gamblin and illustrator Karen Patkau for Forest: A See to Learn Book:

“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

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