What’s in the Woods?

Do you ever pick up a book and just immediately know that you love it and HAVE TO HAVE IT? If the answer to my question is no, please don’t tell  my husband, because it will only confirm to him what he has long suspected. I have an addiction. To BOOKS!

When I picked up What’s in the Woods?, I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to read this to Beanie, because I knew that he would be as excited as I was to read this little gem. He was! And we have read it numerous times – I was thrilled to see how many of the woodland creatures represented in the book he could identify. Some, of course, were obvious – deer (well, we do have a small herd here,) and the woodpeckers, too, for we have spent lots of time watching, listening and inspecting the woodpeckers and the holes they have created in our trees.

What’s in the Woods is the perfect way to introduce a young child to the many wonders of nature. The colors used in the graphic illustrations immediately appeal to a child, and there are just enough pictures of wildlife to whet any child’s appetite and leave them asking for more, more!

Zoe Burke’s spare rhyming text appeals to children too, for children sometimes need few words to excite them about what they are seeing on the pages of a little book like this.

Charley Harper called his art ” minimal realism.” By this he meant that he captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. Harper said, “When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe.”

The Charley Harper Art Studio is dedicated to preserving and promoting the work of renowned American illustrator Charley Harper. There you will find a wealth of information about Charley Harper, as well as an online store where you can purchase Charley Harper items – from stationery to original prints – something for everyone! There are also lots of books, puzzles, coloring books,etc. on Amazon.

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