Beloved author Anne Rockwell celebrates nature and the outdoors with a gorgeous new picture book about a child's first mountain hike!A young girl and her family go hiking up a nearby mountain for the very first time. As they climb up and up the path, they see everything from a friendly toad to a prickly porcupine, tall leafy trees to tiny red berries. Anne Rockwell and her daughter, artist Lizzy Rockwell, celebrate a day the little girl will never forget, especially when she reaches the mountain's summit.
With simple, lyrical text and bright illustrations that jump off the page, Hiking Day brings the joys of spending an afternoon outdoors to life.
PreS-Gr 1--Climbing to the top of any mountain is an exhilarating experience. In addition to the magnificent view, there's a wonderful sense of accomplishment and deep connection with nature. In this picture book, Anne Rockwell collaborates with her daughter, Lizzy Rockwell, to share the story of a young child's experience of hiking a mountain near her home, called Hickory Hill, with her parents. Rockwell begins by showing the supplies needed for the hike, but the story enters a gentle rhythm once the characters enter the woods: "The minute we step onto the trail, we are surrounded by tall trees. We can't see the sky. All we can see is ground covered with leaves and ferns." The family is immersed in nature, and they see a variety of animals as they walk toward the summit, including a toad, a porcupine, a chipmunk, a woodpecker, and a deer. The girl is particularly delighted to discover that the "friendly fat toad" has reached the summit along with her family. The illustrations are detailed and precise, and they show nature in its most vibrant colors. As the author of nearly 200 books for children, Anne Rockwell knows how to create a narrative that is engaging, soothing, and informative--just right for inquisitive young readers. VERDICT This calm and gentle narrative will encourage young children to step outside into nature and climb a few hills.--Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, CACopyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.