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LOOK! LOOK! by Uma Krishnaswami Kirkus Star


by Uma Krishnaswami ; illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy

Pub Date: April 2nd, 2024
ISBN: 9781773069326
Publisher: Groundwood

In this companion to Out of the Way! Out of the Way! (2012), an Indian girl discovers an old well hidden beneath a garbage-strewn patch of abandoned land.

The child notices something unusual below the detritus one day. When she and her friends push away the trash, they uncover a set of stone steps. Word spreads to the adults and neighboring villages, and more and more people join in the effort to clear the land. Their hard work pays off when they discover that the garbage was covering a centuries-old well. When the girl’s grandmother sees it, she says that she remembers her relatives telling her stories about a collection of wells that helped irrigate local crops. Sure enough, the next rain fills not only the well, but also “deep, sleeping springs.” The land bursts back to life, making the villagers wonder if any other hidden treasures might be in their midst. The author’s note clarifies that the story takes place in India and that it explores one possible way to combat the country’s struggle with climate change. The fast-moving and poetic text, punctuated with the refrain “Look! Look!” as characters make unexpected discoveries, perfectly accompanies the detailed and vibrant acrylic, poster color, and watercolor illustrations, which make effective use of color, shading, and white space.

A gorgeous and inspiring imagining of a collective response to climate change.

(Picture book. 3-8)