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Drawn from Nature

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  44 reviews
An intricately crafted journey through four seasons of flora and fauna

Helen Ahpornsiri’s intricate artwork transforms leaves, petals, and seeds into bounding hares, swooping swallows, and blossoming trees. Using nothing but pressed plants, this journey through the seasons captures the wonder and magic of the natural world between the pages of a book. This standout title
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Big Picture Press
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Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trish by: Paul
I cannot take credit for finding this book. In fact, I'm pretty sure I would have never known this little treasure existed if it hadn't been for Paul adding it here on GR. Forunately, I was at least able to obtain a copy here because this truly is a treasure.

The book takes us through one year, through all four seasons, and shows typical scenes from each time. What makes this so special is that every image shown in here is made entirely from hand-pressed plants! That's right! Every line, every
Schizanthus Nerd
My brain got stuck on WOW! mode as I made my way through this book. Ruth Symons’ words were lovely, with easy to understand explanations of what’s happening in the flora and fauna worlds throughout the seasons, but were outshone by the pictures. I don’t think it would have mattered what words were used. They were never going to be the main event here.

My mind could not wrap itself around the creativity and genius of this artist and I kept telling myself that there was no way she could be this
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the most visually gorgeous books I've ever seen -- a chance find at Woodstock, Vermont's Yankee Bookshop. All the illustrations are created from amazingly expressive assemblages of pressed flowers and other plant cuttings. The text is surprisingly educational -- when I was in the target audience age range (6 to 9 year olds, the cover jacket says), I surely would have been delighted to learn that dragonfly larvae dine on fish (and not just the other way around), that ducklings must stick ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meticulous artistry!
Laura Harrison
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The art was created from pressed petals and leaves. The result is absolutely stunning. A must have for the young nature lover. Or art loving adult!
Connie D
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous intricate illustrations made out of plant collages and beautifully written words, all about nature through the seasons. Love it!

Every time I look, I see more beauty. Just wow.
Vera Godley
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Most of us have gathered wild flowers, perhaps pressing them because they are so lovely and we want to remember the moment. Or perhaps you've gathered colorful leaves in the fall marveling at their colors and declining beauty.The author of Drawn from Nature has taken a love for the beauty of plant life and created works of art from the already beautiful and even the not-so-pretty that is found out-and-about in the wild out-of-doors.

I am so amazed at this book and the intricate work of this
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are in a Thoreau mindset and want to bask in "All good things are wild, and free" this book will get you there.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fabulous! All the illustrations are made from real dried plants and flowers. Couldn't look at some of the photos long enough. Fascinating details.
The artwork is what makes this books stunning, there is some great information about different parts of the natural world in each season too.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
On the most basic level, this is a book with information about plants, animals, and insects and how they grow, change, and behave throughout the 4 seasons. Like I said, that's the most basic (and really, unfair) description of this book. What it really is is a visual masterpiece woven through with information of the natural world. The illustrations are made using pressed plants and flowers, and you almost can't believe it's true. I've stared so hard, put my face so close to the pages, in ...more
I don't collect children's picture books except for a handful about gardening and nature (collecting more could get out of hand too quickly)! This one will have to be an addition. The beautiful work of British artist Helen Ahpornsiri is a series of collages, each made from responsibly grown or wild-foraged leaves and flowers, flower-pressed using traditional methods and then arranged into the tableaux we see on each page. The artwork is unique, and stunning.

Ahpornsiri takes us through the
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful artwork - I love the concept of this book about nature being illustrated by dried flowers and other natural items. As a professional forester, I felt the text could use some editing by a naturalist - there were several errors I picked up on immediately (like the larch tree having green leaves in the fall section... most naturalists would know it should have been shown as yellow with a nice little blurb about how not all conifers are evergreen). Also, all the references to the “wild” ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Explore the changing seasons through this exceptional book. With text that focuses on the various aspects of each season, this book invites you to look more closely at nature and the small events that take place. There is nest building in the spring, caterpillars turning into butterflies, and blossoms emerging. In the summer, swallows fly, the meadow grows, crickets chirp, bees buzz, green leaves emerge. The autumn arrives with leaves turning color, berries and nuts, geese flying south. In the ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As winds howl sending snow swirling into drifts, reading transports us to other places in other times. While most of nature is at rest, within the pages of books, we look to the seasons which follow. That which is asleep will awaken. Where there is no life, new creations will emerge and flourish, coming back full circle to winter.

The beauty displayed by the flora during most seasons in our world can and is preserved for study and art. Drawn from Nature (Big Picture Press, an imprint of
Eve Costarelli
This is an excellent nature book, weaved throughout by a book about the seasons accompanied by some of the nicest nature collages I have ever seen. I rate this book a Capital “G” for GREAT, GORGEOUS, GLORIOUS and GO GET it now! The beautiful art of Ms. Ahpornsiri is truly incredible. You can see her connection to nature through her attention to detail, employing so precisely varied colors, shapes and textures to form and enliven each creation. I love her imaginative use of tiny flowers, ...more
Becky B
Look at nature through the seasons with informative text and illustrations completely made out of pressed flowers and plants.

The nonfiction information about animals and plants and insects in different seasons is solid and presented in little bite sized bits, probably best for middle grade on up. It is good. But what makes this book amazing are the illustrations. They need to be seen to be believed. Ahpornsiri has done some truly amazing things with real pressed flowers and leaves. I have never
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Drawn from Nature is a beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book by Helen Ahpornsiri. It is divided into four sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each section features colors and plants from that season, and has information about plant and animal life for that season. It also features the animals stereotypically associated with those animals.

What makes this book so special is that Ahpornsiri uses plants and flowers to create the pictures in her book. It is truly a masterpiece!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I followed this artist on instagram before the book was published. Her artwork is simply amazing: she uses pressed plants to create intricate forms (mostly flora and fauna, as here). The accompanying text is informative but not necessarily earthshaking. The main reason to read this book is to marvel at the artistry. My favorite spread is one with mushrooms in the Autumn section. The one thing I miss (compared to instagram) is the ability to pinch and expand the images for closer inspection of ...more
Kazue Evans
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, good-gift
This is the most beautiful book ever!!! Each illustration in the book is made of BEAUTIFUL collages using real plants, and every one of them is different. My entire family--adults and kids--love this. This book would make a great gift for anyone. Plus the texts are also informative, including basic and interesting facts about nature which kids can learn from. The book would have been still good with regular illustrations.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enchanting look at the creatures during different seasons with all of the pictures made from dried flowers/plants!

10 year old me would have loved this book! The topic (animals/seasons), the details (both little details about the critters or plants) and the amazing floral patterns! Well done, Ms. Ahpornsiri!

No content issues; animal life cycles (including mating rituals) are somewhat described, but cleaner than nature shows.

Katie Lawrence
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The illustrations made from pressed flowers and leaves really sealed the deal for me. What an incredible way to illustrate a book! It must have taken Ahpornsiri forever to make this delicate, intricate pictures that so beautifully capture natural wonders. A lovely journey through the seasons following the changes animals & plants undergo. I can't wait to share this one!
Ruth Anne
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, nonfiction
A stunning look at nature through the seasons. The art is made from pressed plants and flowers and is amazing in its detail. Carefully chosen words bring life to the text. The book has four sections, one for each season. Most pages have a white background and the three that are set against black are just magnificent. A unique volume about nature and seasons. For ages 6 – 9.
This book has incredible art. It is hard to believe, but the artist created the collages out of actual bits of flora and foliage. Read about aspects of nature in different seasons decorated by splendid artwork.

Bonus for us: The author/illustrator is Thai!
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely gorgeous book! The illustrations are a work of art and the summaries of seasons, plants and animals are succinct and easy to follow. I would love to create paintings like the art found in these pages.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven't spent the time with this book that it deserves, but just from the little time I have spent I can say it's extraordinary. What a great concept, what exquisite execution, and what an amazing work of art.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Truly spectacular artwork. Wish the poetry were better.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunning. All the illustrations are collages made from dried plants. Love the owl and the fox!!
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Exquisite. An excellent book for nature lovers, young and old alike.
Ellen Ramsey
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A visually spectacular book, with fascinating information about nature. A perfect book for both kids and adults who love nature.
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Helen Ahpornsiri creates intricate collages using real flowers and foliage, which are foraged or grown, then preserved with traditional flower-pressing methods. The plants are organized by species or color before being cut and delicately arranged to form birds, insects, and other creatures, all filled with tiny patterns and tangles of plant life.