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Forest, What Would You Like?

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In this heartfelt poem, the forest announces its wish-list for every season--including sun, mice, and a slug in summer; fruit, song, and spicy smells in the fall; snow, an icy river, and maple sugar in winter; and rain, moist soil, and flowers in spring. And all year long, it wishes for people planting trees and most of all children--rambling, sniffing, and laughing.

Hardcover, 24 pages
Published January 7th 2013 by Holiday House
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Edward Sullivan
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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A cheerful, colorful, poetic celebration of nature.
Rachael Terry
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A beautiful poem from the point of view of the forest with detailed illustrations.
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O'Garden, a NYS, Hudson Valley resident created this picture book after she played the role of Mother Nature to the Garrison Union Free School's Forest Celebration. In her author's note, she tells how she asked over 400 children the question, "Forest, what would you like?" Children then responded as if they were the forest. O'Garden then used these responses as her inspiration for a poem, which she then incorporated into this lovely picture book! She has captured the essence of all the beauty an ...more
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
A book that was inspired by a school visit in which the author played Mother Nature and asked the children in attendance Forest: What would you like? Using their responses the author crafted a poem which is brought to life in this picture book.

Watercolor paintings by the illustrator most well known for the Biscuit books are chocked full of intricate details. Each illustration consists of a vibrant foreground image overlayed on a softer, lighter-toned background image.

A great nature read that ce
Accompanied by watercolor illustrations that allow the forest's features to be displayed appealingly, this picture book describes what the forest requires in order to be content. The poetic language describes the joys of the seasons, each with its own particular appeal, while also encouraging young visitors with their innate curiosity and joy in celebrating what the forest has to offer. This is a great book to pair with A Stick Is an Excellent Thing while providing a reminder of all there is to ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The Spirit of Forest is represented by a green boy who is in all the wonderful illustrations. This was the result of 400 kids at an event giving input on what Forest wants. This book could be used in schools, library reading programs, homeschooling or just rainy afternoon reading to discuss what makes a balanced ecosystem and how to enjoy nature responsibly. Many types of critters and plants fill the book. Sweet and lovely and deep. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Th ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautiful and detailed illustrations accompany this poetic story that follows a forest through all the seasons. Children will learn about the plants and animals that call the Forest home and how important it is to think about nature and what we can do to ensure that future generations are able to appreciate it's beauty and grandeur as well. ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*****************I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This was a really cute book! The illustrations were nicely done. I read it to my son who is 5 and he
is very interested in nature and wouldn't stop pointing to the different things he found in the pictures.

This is definitely a book that we will read again and again as there is more to discover each time we open it.
Great Books
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family
Explore the forest through all four seasons as you seek and find the many creatures who live in this ever changing environment.
Reviewer #14
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I recieved this book through good reads first reads.

This is a sweet nice childrens book that me and my child very much enjoyed readings together and looking at the vibrant beautiful photos.
Gail Shipley
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
The question is repeatedly asked, Forest, What Would You Like? and whatever the answer is is illustrated on the next page. I didn't care for the poetry or the book. ...more
Kim Patton
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Written in a poetic form, the author asks the forest in different seasons and for different aspects of nature. Did not appeal to me.
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
A pretty hippy-dippy text where a personified "forest" answers the question posed in the title. The answers would suit an environmental, Earth Day, Arbor Day unit. ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
A good selection when studying forests, forest animals, and seasons. O'Garden presents the idea of nature conservation without being didactic or seemingly politically motivated. ...more
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Irene O’Garden has won or been nominated for prizes in nearly every writing category from stage to e-screen, hardcovers, as well as literary magazines and anthologies. Her critically-acclaimed play Women On Fire, (Samuel French) played sold-out houses at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award.

O’Garden won a Pushcart Prize for her lyric essay “Glad To Be Hu

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