Bathing in the Forest

Cuento de Luz. Mar. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9788416733583.
Gr 1-4–It is easy to lose track of oneself amidst the demands of the world, but luckily, there is someone who can lead the way. The little girl of the forest cares for the plants and animals that reside there, observing the people who venture in and out. Often, these people are lost, appearing gray and lifeless. After bathing in the forest, however, they reemerge with a newfound sense of calm and wellbeing. Father, mother, and son find their way into the embrace of the forest, transforming their drab lives to ones of vibrant color. This story speaks to the importance of forest conservation in both story and presentation; it has received the coveted Cradle to Cradle certification for its ecologically intelligent design. The images travel from endpaper to endpaper, utilizing texture and color to bring the story to life. Poetic text guides readers through the narrative, beautifully translated from its original Spanish. Some pages are entirely devoid of text, speaking volumes through visuals alone. Finally, a list of ideas for engaging with nature is accessible through a hyperlink on the inside back cover.
VERDICT This exemplary, environmentally conscious book reminds readers of the importance of outdoor spaces and taking efforts to preserve them.

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