There are many things I look for when I choose a book to read to my children. I look for the words used. Strong pictures that not only compliment the text but also tell the story. I look for how the text demonstrates to the child how words flow in a book. I look for a strong narrative that a child can hear in the reading and retell.
Finding Wild is one of those great finds that encompasses all the literacy skills librarians and teachers and parents look for in a book. It takes a concept: Wild and shows all the facets of it. Why we need it. Why we respect it. Why it becomes a part of us.
Wild creeps and crawls and slithers.
It leaps and pounces and shows its teeth.
There are metaphors and alliteration that makes the reading fun. Your child will learn many new words hearing this story.
Wild is full of smells-fresh mint, ancient cave, sun-baked desert, sharp pine, salt sea.
Every scent begging you to drink it in.
The pictures are simple but descriptive of the text. It shows a girl and a boy standing on a sidewalk at the edge of a woods. Then follows them as they explore the many types of wild there are in the world. It is a story that begs for families to step out of their houses and explore their own wild surrounding them. It is a reminder that our world isn’t supposed to be neat and organized.
Sometimes wild is buried too deep, and it seems like the whole world is clean and paved, ordered and tidy.
Pick up this book, read it and then set out on an adventure and remind yourself there is a whole world out there waiting to be explored right on your doorstep.
What other books encourage your child to explore the world around them?
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