FICTION

When We Go Walking

illus. by Kyrsten Brooker. 32p. Amazon. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4778-1648-6; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4778-6648-1.
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PreS-Gr 1—Family members, including a tabby cat, keep their eyes peeled for small treasures as they take a daily stroll in this lyrical picture book that just begs to be read aloud. "When we go walking on Rambling Road,/bikers bike, runners run, scooters scoot,/and finders find." Five-year-old Wendy is the real scavenger in the family and she never knows what will catch her eye and make it into her collecting bag-a beach ball, an old kite, an American flag, a snow shovel. Baby Abe calls out the colors he sees, and their nature-loving Mama spots birds, squirrels, and turtles with her binoculars. When it gets too snowy to walk outside, Wendy does something unique with her findings and invites her family into her own personal Rambling Road. Best's engaging text is complemented by Brooker's collage illustrations that are full of details for readers to pore over. This cheerful story will inspire children to look for treasures of their own.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY

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