cover image Wonder Walkers

Wonder Walkers

Micha Archer. Penguin/Paulsen, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-10964-9

“Wonder walk?” says a brown-skinned child with long hair, speaking to a curly-haired child who might be a younger sibling. Archer (Daniel’s Good Day) dwells on their faces as they gaze out of a double window, framing them in graceful symmetry. “Sure,” the second child responds. Outside, the long-haired child gazes up at the blue sky as tendrils of mist thread through green cut-paper trees. “Is the sun the world’s light bulb?” On a bridge, the two gaze at fog rolling over the water. “Is fog the river’s blanket?” This is their shared ritual: walking, taking pleasure in the beauty they see, and asking questions about the natural world’s construction. Some of the queries understand the Earth as one great, living, breathing creature: “Is dirt the world’s skin?” “Is the wind the world breathing?” The two children close their eyes, feeling the breeze on their faces. Sumptuous artwork employs collaged textured and patterned paper to represent rich expanses of sea and sky alongside the individual petals of black-eyed Susans. Asking good questions is at the heart of discovery, and Archer’s young wonder walkers show readers how it’s done. Ages 3–7. [em](Mar.) [/em]