If you go down to the woods today you’re in for the most wonderful of surprises. Brown Bear Wood is teeming with nature and wildlife and there’s so much to see and do. There’s home-building to be done in spring, sport’s day fun in summer, campfires in autumn and feasts in winter. Join Bear on a magical journey into the woodland and through the seasons as he welcomes you into his home…
I cannot express how beautiful this book is. It is a completely magical read that is filled with friendship, fun and the wonder of nature. Rachel Piercey and Freya Hartas have created something very, very special and every young child deservers to have the opportunity to get lost in its loveliness.
Over sixteen gorgeous woodland scenes, Bear introduces his wonderful woodland home, his family, his friends and all of the amazing things that they get up to throughout the year. Beginning with spring and the awakening of life in the forest, readers are immersed into the world of Bear and his forest friends. The animals get up to all sorts. Whether it be school days or birthday parties, swimming lessons or picnics, performances or farewell parties, art classes or rainy days, winter fun or campfires, there is always something to keep the animals busy.
Each scene is introduced by a beautiful poem narrated by Bear. These poems make for wonderful read-a-loud’s. Each one is its own individual hug to nature, filled with love, joy and celebrating the natural world. Readers will learn lots too as Bear shares lots of interesting information.
Gorgeous woodland scenes are bursting with flora and fauna and a whole assortment of
creatures are all busy getting up to something. Burrowing, building, learning, playing and feasting are all in abundance. Attention to detail is brilliant, the more you look, the more you spot and it is easy to get lost in the sumptuous woodland scenes for hours. Within each spread, children are challenged to find and count all manner of things, and there really are some truly wonderful things to find including a ‘baby chipmunk in a hammock’, a frog with a feather duster doing some spring-cleaning, weasels taking part in a book club and bunnies walking on stilts. Honestly, I had so much fun finding everything.
A lovely ending connects everything in the book with the great outdoors. Presented as a nature trail, a joyous year in nature encourages children to take their nature-spotting skills outside and to go and see what they can find. Further back-matter includes very impressive lists of websites of nature and poetry resources.
A truly gorgeous book and one that is sure to get children excited about nature and wildlife.
Recommended for 4+.