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 (www.artmicha.com) has illustrated The Wise Fool and Lola's Fandango, and Daniel Finds a Poem is the first book she's also written. Working in collage and oil, her use of color and pattern is influenced by the folk art, crafts, and architecture of the countries she has visited and lived in. She realized the importance of the book as a teaching tool after teaching kindergarten and raising two children. Micha divides her time between Costa Rica and western Massachusetts, where she lives in the house she and her husband built, surrounded by gardens and forest to roam in.
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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