Published by Alfred A. Knopf
Summary: A boy and a girl explore the world around them, seeking to answer the questions posed on the first page: What is wild? And where can you go to find it? They see it (“It leaps and pounces and shows its teeth”), hear it (“Wild roars and barks and hisses and brays”), smell it (“Every scent begging you to drink it in”), and taste it (“honey from bees and sap from trees”). Sometimes wild burns or stings, but other times it soothes. When the explorers enter the city, it seems as though wild has been completely covered over by pavement and buildings, but peeking through a fence they discover that wild is everywhere. 32 pages; ages 3-7.
Pros: The vivid, mainly green illustrations nicely complement the descriptive text. Younger readers will be inspired to explore the natural world around them; older readers may be inspired by the beautiful, descriptive language to write about it.
Cons: Do kids really get to go off and explore the wild by themselves anymore?