DRAWN FROM NATURE, by Helen Ahpornsiri, Big Picture Press, March 13, 2018, Hardcover, $22 (ages 6-9)
Are picture books only for children? No! Drawn From Nature, by Helen Ahpornsiri, is one of those books you’ll buy for your kids but want to display on your coffee table.
Drawn From Nature is nonfiction book that looks at the seasons through text and illustrations.
What makes this book different, though, are those illustrations. Each bird, frog, butterfly or hare is created from pressed plants. Leaves, petals and seeds are artfully combined to create unique images that are bright and easily recognizable.
Equally interesting, though not as eye-catching is Helen’s text. Each spread features informative information ranging from nest building and pond life to summer nights and forest fungi.
I’ve never seen anything like Drawn From Nature. I could spend hours exploring Helen’s intricate artwork. This would be a fun book in which to employ a magnifying glass while reading with your child. And it would make a great gift for any gardener.
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