Step into a fascinating miniature world with ‘Step Gently Out’


Step Gently Out,” by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder, Candlewick Press, March 13, 2012, hardcover $15.99 (ages 2 and up)

Step gently out,

be still, and watch a single blade of grass.
An ant climbs up to look around.
A honeybee flies past

Each line in “Step Gently Out” asks readers to explore. The text simply explains each of the book’s stunning photographs — which just so happens to be bugs in their habitats.

Like the text, each of the images is simple in composition, yet complex in the details. The fuzz on a caterpillar becomes long and spikey, and a moth’s wings take on a hair-like quality when seen through a macro lens. Rick Lieder’s images combined with Helen Frost’s text give these tiny creatures the appearance of human personalities.

A final set of pages offers readers interesting facts about the insects and spiders. “Step Gently Out” offers a gentle introduction to creepy crawlies that even the most squeamish of child will find fascinating.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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