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A Walk in the Forest

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  54 reviews
A Walk in the Forest is a stunning invitation to discover the woods as a place for both imaginative play and contemplation: collect pinecones, feathers, or stones; follow the tracks of a deer; or listen to the chirping of birds and the whisper of trees. Build a shelter and play hide-and-seek. Pretend the woods are a jungle, or shout out loud to stir up the birds! The fores ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Princeton Architectural Press (first published 2015)
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Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Full of noticing and wonder.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really makes me want to go into the forest. Burrow my toes in the dirt, breath deeply the crisp air, see those bright, in-person colors. So simple, yet so evocative. A beautiful book.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Another obvious import. Some lovely moments but the last line of the book bumped it from 3 stars to 2.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
If I could get more specific, I would give the book 5 stars for illustration and 3 stars for the text. But I think what carries this book is the artwork, not the text! The text, I feel, is secondary.

The illustrations are simple, one-dimensional and child-like watercolors(?); you may think to yourself, "I could have painted this!" That may sound like a negative, but this is actually the strength of the book. The first page features a boy, about an inch tall, on a mostly blank page, looking out in
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely ode to nature and exploring! The illustrations really work with the text!
Juli Anna
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Sort of boring and a really abrupt ending! Very pretty illustrations, but they don't quite carry the book. ...more
Seema Rao
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A nice tale about a little boy's investigations of the woods. Simple text and abstracted watercolor illustrations. ...more
I live down the street from a really great park that has an easy trail through some woods I can walk on with my 2-year-old. We've done it a bunch of times now and he always calls it "a walk in the forest," so how in the world could I not borrow this book when I spotted it at the library?! As I guessed when I first saw it, my son loved it and we've already read it several times even though we've only had it for two days. The text is simple and thoughtful and points out the many wonders (and contr ...more
Niki Marion
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Illustrations are Carson Ellis-lite. And I mean lite, not like.

The snapshot view of the feelings & happenings that occur in the forest is only partly effective for me, esp bc I think the last line undermines the book a lot: "You'll go there [the forest] tomorrow, when you're older." So the child protag wasn't just in the forest for the entire book? Maybe verb tenses were a bit lost in translation, since this was first published in French? Something was missing for me.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
sweet book. pretty pictures.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I think something was terribly lost in the translation of this one. Some of the illustrations are interesting but as a whole it didn't grab me and say, "Love this!" Alas. ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
A gorgeous and brilliant story that made my heart so happy! I cannot wait to share this beautifully illustrated story about the spender of the forest with my own children and with the young kids in my classes. This book is one of those books that is simple in text, but the illustrations and content create a book that is big in heart and adventure. Any child and adult will get lost in the pictures. There are endless ways to apply this book to creative and artistic learning activities. You could h ...more
Kat Harrison
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
"A Walk in the Forest" takes the reader on a quiet journey, with stops along the way that highlight the forest's ability to be both larger-than-life in grandeur as well as simplistically nuanced in scale. I do wonder what beauty we're missing in translation, as the last line leaves a little to be desired for readers in English - but I will hedge my bets that it reads much more dimensional and whole in its original printing. A vision in watercolor, nevertheless. ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
This book spoke to me - the message to children of getting outside to explore the world is an important one in this time of "nature deficit disorder".

Words such as "it's the best playground ever", "look", and "listen" can encourage children to find the wonder in the outside.

Simple illustrations, yet there is much to look at in some of the pictures.
Chance Lee
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-it
A quiet book about the dichotomy of the forest. It's big and it's small. It's loud and it's quiet. It's beautiful, and it can be scary. The illustrations are simple, made with little market lines. Some of the spreads reminded me of an Eric Carle book. ...more
I did not care for A Walk in the Forest, by Maria Dek. The illustrations are a bit too unsophisticated for my taste, and the prose is awkward. I think the point of the book is to get the reader to think about the experience of being in the forest, but it's a bit of a muddle. ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children
Ummmm... based on the super-cool cover? I'm unimpressed.
Yes, it's brief enough for a storytime crowd to sit through, but the illustrations are not as stunning as the cover art, and the story (what story?) has a bizzarely cryptic and condescending end to it. No thanks.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am all for books that promote and appreciation for nature! This was lovely. How can we be a good steward for the earth if we don't first care about it on a personal level? This may be a bit too poetic for my preschool storytime, but it's something I would totally love for a personal library. ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful, peaceful, inspiring. Makes me want to go outside!
tracy lou
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This is a narrow miss. The illustrations really are lovely, except for the boy, who took me completely out of the story. Also, quite a missed opportunity--why's the protagonist a white kid? ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
Enthralling and detailed watercolor illustrations with ample white space bring the protagonist through the beauty and dangers of the forest.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The entire book exuded patience: the illustrations were calming and not overwhelming. The words were simple and carefully chosen. It was a neat story.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful illustrations show the many sides of a forest as a child walks there.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The beautifully rendered watercolors dominate the pages of this book, which encourages wonder and adventure to be found in the forest.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quiet reflective book about what one can find and do in the forest. It manages to be playful as well. Perfect for nature lovers.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Experiential. Quiet and poetic, non-conflict.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Great Art
Hallie Jackson
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
2.75 stars.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Illustrations....just beautiful.
CreateEveryday Classroom
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
beautiful book and illustrations.
a peaceful walk through the forest.
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