The Deer Watch by Pat L. Collins
|May 27, 2013||Posted by Christa McGrath under Animals, Children's Lit|
Illustrated by David Slonim | Published by Candlewick Press (Random House Publishing)
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Picture this: A young boy and his dad set off one early summer’s morning to explore the forest and all it has to offer. Their goal is to spot the elusive deer and for no other reason than to enjoy its graceful beauty. As the sun cascades shades of pink hues on the surrounding landscape, this father/son duo set off on an exciting adventure. The young boy has been awaiting a long time for this day and eagerly scans the area for a glimpse of this majestic creature. Collins takes her readers on a joyful journey as father and son track through the woods in search of the deer. They encounter an egret, a pheasant, squirrels, and rabbits but no deer are in sight. Until, finally, a soft crackling noise is heard nearby and the suspenseful wait is finally over.
“The Deer Watch” is a wonderfully illustrative book detailing a father and son’s outing with Mother Nature. Each turn of the page displays a beautiful work of art – descriptive pictures that complements the words on the companion page (and they are even beautiful enough to frame and hang on the wall). Storybook time will take on new meaning as Collins’ writing style poetically pens a tender tale that explores the intimate relationship between a father and son and the wonderment of watching for deer. This is a magical little picture book that is sure to become a much loved bedtime story for little ones between the ages of 3 and 6.
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