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THE BROOK BOOK by Jim Arnosky Kirkus Star


Exploring the Smallest Dreams

by Jim Arnosky

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-525-47716-7
Publisher: Dutton

Encouraging kids to get their hands wet—literally—this new offering from the ever-energetic Arnosky introduces them to the geology and flora and fauna of one of our landscape’s more accessible ecosystems, the brook. Accessible they may be, but still full of wonders for children to discover: rocks, insects, wildflowers, fish and other critters. The collegial direct address advises readers not to take chances—“Because any water can be deeper than it looks, even the tiniest brooks should be approached carefully”—while still empowering them to get up close to nature—“You can pick up any nymphs you find. They won’t bite.” Characteristically delicate watercolors depict sun-dappled brooks, with exquisite details providing close-up views of the tinier brook denizens kids may encounter. Readers will learn about the life cycle of mayflies and caddis flies, get a quick lesson on sketching wildflowers and receive a primer on tracking. With its emphasis on getting out and doing, this is the perfect antidote to “Nature Deficit Disorder” and should help prepare grown-ups and kids alike for their own explorations of local waterways. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)