Cover image for My forest is green / written by Darren Lebeuf ; illustrated by Ashley Barron.
My forest is green / written by Darren Lebeuf ; illustrated by Ashley Barron.
Publication Information:
Toronto, ON Kids Can Press, 2019.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"With art supplies in tow, a young artist explores the wonders of his urban forest during all four seasons. Using a variety of artistic mediums, the boy creatively depicts the smaller parts of the forest that make up the larger whole. Throughout the pages, readers will find: charcoal rubbings, rock art, photographs, sponge paintings, snow sculptures, cut-paper collage, and so much more! The boy uses his imaginative renderings to express his appreciation for nature and the outdoors, motivating readers to experiment with their own nature art."-- Provided by publisher.
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704.943 LEB Book Easy Collection
704.943 LEB Book Easy Collection

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A young artist explores the urban forest near his home, art supplies in tow, interpreting what he sees in a variety of artistic media. He is a keen observer who uses poetic, rhythmic language to describe the diversity he finds all around him through the seasons - his forest is both 'fluffy' and 'prickly,' 'crispy' and 'soft.' He is inspired to make charcoal rubbings, rock art, sponge painting, and more, in order to explore and interpret the beauty around him. This is a book to inspire and delight, sure to awaken the nature artist in every child.

Author Notes

Darren Lebeuf is an award-winning photographer with a background in design and visual communication. My Forest Is Green is his first picture book. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ashley Barron is an award-winning illustrator who specializes in cut-paper collage. Her creations can be found in children's books, newspapers, set designs and shop windows. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Colorful cut-paper collages adorned with watercolor, acrylic, and pencil crayon illustrate the activities a child uses to piece together an understanding of the city-adjacent forest outside his high-rise apartment building. Starting with simple opposites ("My forest is tall. My forest is short"), the text ripens into a cascade of playful, well-chosen adjectives thoughtfully paired with images of the child observing the forest throughout the year, then working with different art materials to capture facets of his experience. Crayon rubbings show bark's roughness, sponged paint represents the softness of moss, and found rocks are transformed into turtles, frogs, and fish-"scattered and soggy,/ and spotted and foggy." Each page offers gentle encouragement to get outside, observe carefully, and create joyfully. A jubilant assemblage of the child's creative work near the end shows that "my forest is so many things." Ages 3-7. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.