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!


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

* "Some of the queries understand the Earth as one great, living, breathing creature. . . . 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."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Micha Archer
Micha Archer wrote and illustrated Ezra Jack Keats Award winner Daniel Finds a Poem, and has also illustrated several picture books, including Girl Running (by Annette Bay Pimentel). Micha works in oil and collage on paper she creates with homemade stamps and layered tissue paper. She came from a long line of artists and teachers and taught for many years in a kindergarten. Raising two kids and teaching are where she cultivated her love for picture books and realized their importance as teaching tools. Micha lives in western Massachusetts in the house she and her husband built, surrounded by gardens and forests to roam in.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780593109649
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
March 20, 2021
Series
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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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