Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

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Stunning close-up photography and a lyrical text implore children to look more closely at the world around them.

Be still, and watch a single blade of grass.
An ant climbs up to look around.
A honeybee flies past.

What would happen if you walked very, very quietly and looked ever so carefully at the natural world outside? You might see a cricket leap, a moth spread her wings, or a spider step across a silken web. In simple, evocative language, Helen Frost offers a hint at the many tiny creatures around us. And in astonishing close-up photographs, Rick Lieder captures the glint of a katydid's eye, the glow of a firefly, and many more living wonders just awaiting discovery. Fascinating facts about all the creatures pictured may be found at the end.

About Helen Frost

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Helen Frost is the author of Monarch and Milkweed as well as six novels-in-poems for children and young adults. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Rick Lieder is a nature photographer, artist, and book-jacket designer. He lives in Michigan.
Published March 13, 2012 by Candlewick Press (MA). 24 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Frost’s lightly rhymed declarative verse encourages children to experience the natural world with care and openness to the tiny wonders of insect life around them, Lieder’s richly colored intimate close ups offer every reason why.

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Lieder captures the small miracles of a bumblebee in mid-flight, a spider dangling from a dewy branch, and a firefly’s flash, while Frost urges readers to be mindful of events that seem insignificant: “A spider spins a silken thread/ to step across the air./ A praying mantis looks at you—/ ...

Jan 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Step Gently Out

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We have also been tutored in this regard by haiku like this one by Issa: don't hit the fly — In this fascinating and unusual children's book for those ages 2 and up, the contemplative poetry of Helen Frost is wed with the astonishing photography of Rick Lieder to present the wonderf...

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