Hello, Puddle!

HarperCollins/Clarion. Mar. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780358381440.
PreS-Gr 1–A little girl checks to see what new wildlife has been drawn to her puddle as the weather and seasons change in this sweet introduction to a habitat. As the puddle grows and shrinks and turns to ice, the child watches how critters from butterflies to deer use the puddle as a home, bathtub, or drinking fountain. Each spread focuses on a single animal with a spare descriptive line about its puddle activity and an additional sentence that provides a nugget of background information. Beautifully composed, richly colored illustrations contain just enough detail for young readers and keep the scene of a single puddle intriguingly dynamic. Back matter includes tips for watching wildlife, further descriptions of the creatures one might find near a puddle, and a glossary.
VERDICT Charming visuals and deceptively simple text combine in a book that will reward repeat readings and inspire little naturalists.

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