Thursday, December 27, 2018

"My Forest is Green" - a bookwrap


My Forest Is Green 

Authored by Darren Lebeuf
Illustrated by Ashley Barron

* Ages:  3-7
* Grade Levels: PS-2
* Hardcover:  32 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date: April 2, 2019
* Language:  English

Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations for you to enjoy

Unveiling the book

This charming book documents a young boy who is an observer and an explorer.  He focuses in on the urban forest near his home.  He then uses different techniques:  charcoal rubbings, rock art, photography, sponge painting, snow sculpture, and cut-paper collages to express himself as he records what he sees all-around him in his notebook.   Using his artistic skills he visually takes the reader on a journey through all four of the seasons.  The words he uses to describe his forest observations:  fluffy, prickly, dense, sparse, crispy, soft, scattered and soggy are sure to enhance and expand a child's vocabulary.  

David Lebeuf is a Canadian award-winning photographer whose mission is to get young children to interact and appreciate the beauty and importance of nature that surrounds them.  The illustrator, Ashley Barron has done a wonderful job of enriching the text with her amazing, colourful, almost animated illustrations.  

This would be a lovely book to add to a classroom shelf or an elementary school library.  

"The story provides an excellent depiction of nature-based education in an outdoor classroom.  The specificity of the concrete and abstract adjectives used in the text works as a perfect complement to primary science lessons on investigating, comparing and identifying the physical characteristics of plants and animals. This book also makes for an enjoyable lyrical read-aloud. "
-Kids Can Press

Being an educator myself I endorse this book whole-heartedly in hope that it will inspire and incite excitement to all the budding artists out there, both young and old, and open their eyes to the marvel of nature.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Meet the author

Darren Lebeuf grew up on a humble acreage outside of Edmonton, Alberta, where he spent his days drawing, painting and exploring the outdoors. After studying art and design at Grant McEwan University, Darren started his creative career as an exhibit designer at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta.
In 2006 he set off on a world adventure. He lived in Asia for nine years, and became an internationally acclaimed family and wedding photographer. During that time, he began to pursue his long-lost passion for illustrating, and eventually created The Land of Le Beef, an online home for his collection of witty cartoons, yearly advent calendars and other illustration projects. He has written and/or illustrated a number of self-published picture books.
He now lives with his wife and two kids in Vancouver, the city that inspired his first published book, My Forest is Green.

Instagram: @land_of_le_beef

Facebook: @landoflebeef

About the illustrator

Ashley Barron is a multi-media artist who is best known for her paper collage work. She is the illustrator of several children's books, including Kids Can Press' Birthdays Around the World.
Ashley grew up in the Oshawa/Whitby region of southern Ontario with her parents, younger sister and their many pet dogs and rabbits. Ashley's love for books was ignited at an early age thanks to her mother, a preschool teacher, who kept an extensive collection of children's literature in their spare bedroom. Although Ashley was very much an outdoorsy kid, she savored rainy indoor days, which allowed her the uninterrupted freedom to daydream, read and draw pictures to her heart's content.
Ashley's love for art and literature followed her into adulthood. She graduated from the illustration program at Ontario Collage of Art & Design in 2007 and has been working as a freelance illustrator ever since.
Ashley lives in Toronto with her cinematographer partner, Kevin. Together they share a bright, plant-filled studio with their three cats.

Instagram: @_ashleybarron

Twitter: @Ashley_Barron

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