Step Gently Out

Helen Frost, Author, Rick Lieder, Illustrator, Rick Lieder, Photographer
Helen Frost, photos. by Rick Lieder. Candlewick, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-5601-0
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Captivating photography gives readers a closeup view of the world of insects, as described by a gently contemplative poem. Lieder captures the small miracles of a bumblebee in mid-flight, a spider dangling from a dewy branch, and a firefly’s flash, while Frost urges readers to be mindful of events that seem insignificant: “A spider spins a silken thread/ to step across the air./ A praying mantis looks at you—/ do you know she’s there?” Working in concert, the words and images achieve a Zenlike calm that also hints at the complicated web of life unfolding all around. Endnotes discuss the 11 featured insects in greater detail. Ages 2–5. (Mar.)
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