Published by Floris Books
Summary: A young boy and his parents leave their home in the city to drive to his grandparents’ more rural house. As soon as they arrive, he and his dog head off into the woods to explore. They’re delighted to find a lake with a dock, and the boy dives in. Down, down he goes into the water, where he comes face to face with a fish. The last page shows him and his dog stretched out on the dock in the sun. 48 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A magical wordless picture book that emphasizes the importance of slowing down…both to enjoy nature in the story and to take in all the details in each illustration. The pictures are mostly black and white with touches of blue and gold. Most of the story feels realistic, but the underwater scenes have hints of fantasy to them.
Cons: I was thinking that this book should be considered for a Caldecott until I realized that the author-illustrator lives in South Korea.
June 26, 2022 at 04:30PM Janet Dawson