Wonder Walkers

by Micha Archer (Author) Micha Archer (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Micha Archer's gorgeous, detailed collages give readers a fresh outlook on the splendors of nature. When two curious kids embark on a wonder walk, they let their imaginations soar as they look at the world in a whole new light. They have thought-provoking questions for everything they see: Is the sun the world's light bulb? Is dirt the world's skin? Are rivers the earth's veins? Is the wind the world breathing?

I wonder . . . Young readers will wonder too, as they ponder these gorgeous pages and make all kinds of new connections. What a wonderful world indeed!

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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
Excellent for enriching vocabulary, developing creative thinking, and enhancing a love of nature.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

"Wonder walk?" says a brown-skinned child with long hair, speaking to a curly-haired child who might be a younger sibling. Archer (Daniel's Good Day) dwells on their faces as they gaze out of a double window, framing them in graceful symmetry. "Sure," the second child responds. Outside, the long-haired child gazes up at the blue sky as tendrils of mist thread through green cut-paper trees. "Is the sun the world's light bulb?" On a bridge, the two gaze at fog rolling over the water. "Is fog the river's blanket?" This is their shared ritual: walking, taking pleasure in the beauty they see, and asking questions about the natural world's construction. Some of the queries understand the Earth as one great, living, breathing creature: "Is dirt the world's skin?" "Is the wind the world breathing?" The two children close their eyes, feeling the breeze on their faces. Sumptuous artwork employs collaged textured and patterned paper to represent rich expanses of sea and sky alongside the individual petals of black-eyed Susans. Asking good questions is at the heart of discovery, and Archer's young wonder walkers show readers how it's done. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)

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Review quotes

"Language that is spare and economic yet profound and beautifully poetic. Only wonderstruck children, confronting nature's gorgeous mysteries, could express themselves so intimately, creatively, and originally. Youngsters reading/hearing this book on laps or in groups, and grown-ups, too, will be charmed, enlightened, and moved by these breathless queries. . . . At the book's conclusion, children may want space to discuss, dictate, write, and/or illustrate their own questions/ideas about nature. Luminous ink-and-collage illustrations are lush and vivid, perfectly suiting the text. . . . Excellent for enriching vocabulary, developing creative thinking, and enhancing a love of nature."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Micha Archer
Micha Archer escribió e ilustró el libro ganador del premio Ezra Jack Keats, Daniel Finds a Poem y su complementario Daniel's Good Day. También ha ilustrado varios libros para niños, incluido Girl Running, de Annette Bay Pimentel. Micha trabaja en óleo y collage sobre papel, que realiza con impresiones caseras y capas de papel de seda. Ella proviene de una larga estirpe de artistas y maestros y enseñó en un jardín de infantes. La crianza de dos hijos y la enseñanza es lo que le permitió cultivar su amor por los libros ilustrados y darse cuenta de su importancia como recursos de enseñanza. Micha vive en el oeste de Massachusetts en la casa que construyeron ella y su esposo, rodeada de jardines y bosques para pasear.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication date
March 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV029000 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | General
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Nature stories
School Library Connection, 08/01/21
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Selection 2022
Caldecott Medal
Honor Book 2022
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Selection 2022

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