Play Outside!

Norton. Jun. 2020. 48p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781324015475.
PreS-Gr 2–It’s a lovely, sunny day, so a mother sends her children outside to play. Combining real adventure and pretend play, the children pick flowers, look at the clouds, and ride on a sailboat. The illustrations are extremely vibrant and detailed. In one spread, the text says “run as fast as you can” and the illustrations show a sister and brother racing through a landscape populated with many animals, including a giraffe, an impala, a hippopotamus, and a crane. Text on the following page says, “and swing from the branches of trees” as the children climb trees over a dozen animals, including a flamingo, an okapi, and a gorilla. Back matter includes an eight-page spread of the featured creatures in the story and discusses animals in danger of extinction.
VERDICT This imaginative story is highly recommended for purchase. It promotes education about endangered species and includes an abundant message of hope.

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