Children’s Nature Book Review: Flashlight

Review by: Linda Spence

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Flashlight (2014)–written and illustrated by Lizi Boyd

In this wordless picture book, a young boy leaves his tent and begins to explore. The beam of his flashlight illuminates the inhabitants of the forest including owls, raccoons, deer, and mice. The tables are turned when he drops the flashlight and the animals turn the light on him. Throughout the book, the colors revealed by the flashlight’s beam are in bright contrast to the grays and blacks of the surrounding night. This book would be a great starting point for talking about what happens in the forest at night and can be fun for ALL ages even your youngest learners!

Find this book at your local library or link to it here on Amazon!  Flashlight

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Children’s Nature Book Review: Call Me Tree: Llámame árbol

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Review by: Linda Spence

Call Me Tree: Llámame árbol (2014)

Written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Written in both English and Spanish, the child in this book grows as tall and strong as a tree. Deliberately gender neutral, the brief text captures the sense of belonging that all children desire. Like humans, each tree is unique, yet “All trees have roots. All trees belong.” A beautiful ode to the joy and connectedness found in nature.

You can try to find this book at your local library or click here to link to this book on Amazon.  Call Me Tree