My Forest Is Green

Darren Lebeuf
Ashley Barron

With art supplies in tow, a young boy explores the urban forest near his home, then interprets what he sees with his art. The boy is a keen observer who uses poetic, rhythmic language to describe the diversity he finds through all four seasons. His forest is both “fluffy” and “prickly,” “dense” and “sparse,” “crispy” and “soft.” It's also “scattered and soggy, and spotted and foggy.” His forest is made up of many colors --- but he decides that “mostly it's green.” Each aspect of the forest inspires the boy to create a different kind of art: charcoal rubbing, rock art, photography, sponge painting, snow sculpture, cut-paper collage. To this artist, there's always something new to discover, and to capture!

In this delightful picture book, Darren Lebeuf, an award-winning photographer, encourages small children to look closer at and appreciate the nature that surrounds them. And by providing such a broad range of ideas for artistic expression, it's sure to awaken the nature artist in every child. Bright, deeply textured illustrations by Ashley Barron bring the forest and the boy's artworks to vivid life. This story provides an excellent depiction of nature-based education in an outdoor classroom. The specificity of the concrete and abstract adjectives used in the text works as a perfect complement to primary science lessons on investigating, comparing and identifying the physical characteristics of plants and animals. This book also makes for an enjoyable, lyrical read-aloud.

978-1-77138-930-3 | Apr 2, 2019
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 9 x 9 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
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Awards & Reviews

“Nature and art intertwine in this multifaceted homage to the beauty and creativity that surrounds and resides within each of us.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, January 2019
“... a success on many levels ...”
— Quill & Quire, Starred Review, March 2019
“A lovely celebration of all things green ...”
— School Library Journal, April 2019
“... a simple, satisfying tale that's just in time for spring.”
— Booklist, May 2019
“... offers gentle encouragement to get outside, observe carefully, and create joyfully.”
— Publishers Weekly, July 2019
“... wonderfully captures how a curious young artist uses all sorts of different art techniques and mediums to bring the natural world into his city space.”
— The Globe and Mail, August 2019
“... stunning ...”
— CM Magazine, September 2019
“A joyful celebration of the natural realm awaits all who enter this book.”
— Canadian Children's Book News, October 2019
2020 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children`s Book Award, Ontario Arts Council, Short-listed
2019 - First & Best List, Toronto Public Library, Winner
2019 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2019 - OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association, Honour Book

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