My Big Book of Outdoors by Tim Hopgood

My Big Book of Outdoors by Tim Hopgood. Candlewick Press, 2022. 9781536215335

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? This book explores all the things we may have questions about when we’re outside. It explores the different seasons and the various “signs” we will see for the beginning of those seasons.We get to learn about different bugs and their habitats. We learn about different types of plants and animals and how they exist outside. The initial dedication for the book was “for everyone who stayed indoors in 2020”. The book reconnects us to the beautiful things outside and how we can identify them and engage with them. It even illustrates types of fruit that people might forage for. For a fall page it introduces different types of apples and then on the adjacent page, provides a short baked apple recipe. The illustrations appear to be various forms of painting such as acrylic painting, watercolor, and some charcoal designs. The images are rich in color and for some pages may even invoke other senses as readers go through the different seasons. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book is suitable for anyone who needs to get back outside again. It is perfect to start reading with 3-year-olds, especially as seasons change. 

Who should buy this book? Early learning centers, elementary schools, and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? 508

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes 

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: April 29, 2022

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