Exceptionally clear photos show readers what they should look for during their forest walks. Most of nature comes in shades of green or brown, so detailed pictures of tracks, seeds, nests, and droppings will help children identify evidence of life. Photos of woodland creatures bring kids close enough to see every whisker, stem, and beady eye.
Textures are especially well-represented, allowing readers to imagine what a sleek deer or prickly seed casing feels like without touching them. Photos of people are also well-chosen—diverse children and educators show that everyone is welcome in the forest. Guidelines for respecting the environment, such as “stay on the path,” “let plants grow instead of picking them,” and “take away trash,” are included in each book.
VERDICT: Gentle, attractive books with superlative photos take readers for a walk in the woods.