Author Kate Moss Gamblin • Illustrator Karen Patkau
Groundwood Books coming in fall 2020
The poetic text and beautifully rendered illustrations show a child and grownup sharing experiences such as swimming alongside lake trout, paddling a canoe and star gazing, encouraging a caring connection to the natural world and the shaping of a sustainability perspective.
• Questions with a whimsical, poetic air lead young readers and listeners through the experience of observing and appreciating the wonders of a woodland lake in this second book of the See To Learn series (after Forest, 2019.) … Layered, crisp-edged art framed by branches, swirling plants, and leaves reflects the text closely. … calls attention to the importance of the natural world, provides visual and sensory description, pinpoints relevant and unexpected details, encourages children to ask and answer questions, and seeks to elicit a sense of awe. – Kirkus Review
• Moss asks young readers to look at the lake in this addition to the “See to Learn” series to see if they can find all the little details she describes throughout the seasons. …The illustrations will make readers long to go outside and explore. For those readers presently self-isolating inside, the picture book reminds us to be grateful for the nature that surrounds us, and all the wildlife a lake helps support. – Highly Recommended – Canadian Materials
• This nonfiction picture book highlights the beauty of the natural world. The text encourages young readers to practice their observation skills by asking them questions about what they see in the illustrations. The questions are designed to be applied to the real world as children learn to look more closely at the world around them. Patkau’s gorgeous illustrations provide bright colors and shapes that will surely appeal to the target demographic. The questions highlight animals and natural features shown in the illustrations, giving children something specific to identify and point out to their reading companions. Each spread focuses on one animal or characteristic of the lake. The narrative begins in summer; each season is covered. VERDICT A pleasant reminder of the lovely features to be found around a wild lake. An enjoyable, interactive one-on-one read –School Library Journal