Published by Magic Cat Publishing
Summary: Bear takes readers through a tour of his forest, beginning in the early spring and traveling through the year until he settles in for a long winter’s nap. Each spread features a poem and a list of about 12-15 items (mostly other animals) to find in the illustration. The last few pages are a “nature trail”, with a dotted line connecting circular pictures taken from the main illustrations; kids can turn back to find where they came from on the previous pages. Also includes a list of nature resources and poetry resources (all websites). 48 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: This utterly charming book feels like a throwback to an earlier era. It made me want to brew a cup of tea, wrap up in a cozy afghan, and snuggle in with small children on either side of me to read some poems and hunt through the illustrations for the hidden objects.
Cons: At a little over a foot tall, this book may not fit on every library’s shelves.