by Micha Archer (Author) Micha Archer (Illustrator)
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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"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.)Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.