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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

First Snow in the Woods

Although I love hundreds of illustrated picture books, sometimes the most beautiful artistic picture books are filled with photographs of creation. Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick authored a third children's book called First Snow in the Woods.

They used their own photographs and created a poetic story complete with conversations among the animals. The amazing photographs give this fictional story a "non-fiction" feel.

"A woodchuck squeezed out of his hole blinking his eyes. 'I'm only going to say this one time,' announced the old grump. 'Hibernate! Hibernate! HI-BER-NATE!' The sun melted the frost from the meadow, pushing away the fog and warming the shadows. 'Are you listening?' asked Mother Doe standing quietly, 'It's happening.' The frost had silenced the wings of the dragonflies. 'The new season is here,' she bleated softly."
The photographs are so vibrant and clear, it almost feels as though you are seeing the images live. You can stare in the face of a raccoon as long as you want, and he won't crawl away. You can see how an owl looks with its wings fully flexed as he lands on top of a tree. You can study the intricacies of the wings on a dragonfly.

Join with the animals as they prepare for the winter months ahead and ponder God's amazing creation.

There was a movie made about the book too, and you can watch the trailer here.

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