A child narrator, created from cut paper and paints, introduces readers to the beauty of life’s “forest,” both figuratively and literally.
From the balcony of a high-rise apartment, the child can see the top of the urban forest nearby. However, there’s also an indoor forest, one made of the child’s own artwork depicting all the wondrous things found in nature. A double-page spread that reads “My forest is crispy…and soft” depicts the child scuffing through fall leaves and gazing at a mossy spot in borderless horizontal panels on verso, while on recto those leaves are taped into collage images and replicated with sponge paints in corresponding panels. The child’s forest has many facets: It is “tall,” it is “short”; it is “fluffy…prickly [and] rough.” Every page introduces many characteristics that define the child’s world, and each is paired with both encounters with flora and fauna and creative use of varying art media to capture their essence. Colorful multimedia spreads convey the joy of discovery and model the different ways art can be used to express colors, textures, and feelings. Simple text offering a plethora of adjectives, some surprising (“dangling yellow, tiptoe gray, peekaboo purple”), and illustrations that are simultaneously complex and accessible make this a book to enjoy on many levels. The child has beige skin and straight, black hair, as do mom and a baby sibling.
Nature and art intertwine in this multifaceted homage to the beauty and creativity that surrounds and resides within each of us. (Picture book. 3-7)