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Into the Outdoors

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In Susan Gal's delightful young-concept book, a family travels up a mountain, over a bridge, and under a canopy of trees to reach their campsite in the great outdoors.  A forest hike offers more opportunities to showcase words that describe spacial relationships and show young readers where they are in the world. Beside a lake! Next to a waterfall! On top of a mountain! Then after the sun slips behind the hills, they'll snuggle alongside each other and dream sweet dreams inside their tent among the trees.

Gal's pictures capture all the beauty of the natural world. And she's included a humorous cast of animal characters on a parallel journey of their own, so the art is full of funny things to spot.

This is a gem of a story for parents and teachers to share with their happy campers.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 29, 2011 – Like her previous two picture books, Night Lights and Take Me for a Walk!, Gal’s third offering takes particular delight in the pleasures to be had outside, as a family of four packs up its woodie station wagon and literally heads for the hills on a camping trip. The artwork—rough charcoal shapes augmented with digital collages—is gleefully retro in its muddy palette of browns and green, the characters’ vintage outfits (hats for everyone!), and the Mary Blair quality to the friendly wildlife the family meets. The whole project has the feel of a storyboard for a mid-century filmstrip about getting back to nature. It’s also an exercise in language, as Gal uses the journey to contextualize several prepositions: “We pitch our tent among the trees and set off along the hiking trail.” Naturalism isn’t the chief goal (the toddler in the family befriends a smiling bear), yet Gal’s attention to light, especially the way it filters through the trees, and her ability to evoke the serenity of the forest result in an idealized ode to the wild green yonder. Ages 5–9.


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Into the Outdoors
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Words
  • Published: Oct 11, 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 40 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.2 or later and iOS 4.2 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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