In the Quiet, Noisy Woods

illus. by Annie Won. 40p. Doubleday. Feb. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524766658.
PreS–A pair of wolf pups learn the woods are not very quiet. In fact, they discover the woods are teeming with many different critters who make all kinds of sounds. Rich vocabulary works well with the story while keeping it at the right level for children. For example, text reads, "A turkey nestled atop her clutch of eggs, suddenly, fwap-fwap-flaps her wings when the chickadee's chick-a-dee, chic-a-dee-de-dee and the squirrels' chit-chitter-chatter tell her about the yip-yap-yowling, grr-ruff-fuff-racing pups playing wolf tag in their quiet, noisy woods." Gorgeous illustrations capture nature's beauty. A section at the end ("Get to Know These Quiet, Noisy Creatures") offers information about the wolf, squirrel, chickadee, wild turkey, fox, deer, mourning dove, and hawk that were featured in the story.
VERDICT Highly recommended as a title to introduce children to the wonder of nature, well supported with beautiful illustrations.

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