WAKE UP! by Helen Frost
Kirkus Star

WAKE UP!

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Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Nature’s littlest creatures figure large in this poetic portrait of their early movements.

In Frost and Lieder’s first three collaborations, the award-winning poet/photographer duo transfixed pre-readers with spare verse and uncanny photos focused on insects, birds in flight, and the hidden lives of fireflies. Here, the pair looks to a variety of tiny and youthful creatures to deliver a message similar to Step Gently Out’s (2012) invitation to explore the natural world: “So many new creatures / with so much to do — // the world is / wide awake. / Are you?” Frost’s motivational picture-book poem asks children to inspect Lieder’s photos of familiar infant animals like cygnets, a fawn, tadpole, and lambs alongside rarely seen baby woodchucks, a sawfly larva—even translucent slug eggs—and consider their potential. Lieder again demonstrates that he is not only a master of catching light where it falls, but capturing intimate moments only the most patient of observers would notice. His latest jaw-dropping images reveal with preternatural acumen details as subtle as the shadow of a praying mantis on a peony petal, feathers lining a tree swallow’s nest, and the tiniest of “newly hatched” cellar spiders dancing on a blade of grass, as Frost notes “New life is everywhere — / open your eyes.” Descriptive endnotes lend additional context to the species on display.

Stunning as ever: another irresistible imperative from Frost and Lieder to get up and out into nature. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: March 14th, 2017
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2017




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