Published by Nosy Crow, 2016.
This book has been created as part of a series for the National Trust.
This is a gorgeous board book. Two young children explore the British countryside together. They lie in the long grass, splash in puddles, fly a kite, and sail toy boats on a river. Their springtime walk takes them through fields and woods, alongside rivers and up hills. There are lambs in the fields, tadpoles in the pond, and daffodils brightening the river bank. There’s so much to look at on each page. This is visual storytelling at its best.
The illustrations are beautiful. The two children are super cute and it’s nice to see a redhead as a main character (I’m biased because it looks like my baby son might be a redhead!). I especially liked the patchwork/collage effect that Rosalind Beardshaw has used for the leaves, petals and stems of plants.
Then of course there’s the added bonus that this is an alphabet book. Each double page spread covers two letters of the alphabet. It’s a lovely way to introduce letters and sounds at an early age and I liked how there was both the lower and upper case version of each letter.
The production values are really high too: lovely thick pages with rounded corners, a child friendly font and rich, vibrant colours.
This is definitely a book to treasure and one which celebrates the wonder of the natural world.
Suitable from birth.
Thank you to Nosy Crow for sending me this book to review.