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PreS-Gr 1— This colorful tribute to the perennial childhood occupation of fort-building follows a group of children through the seasons as they use materials at hand to create cozy private spaces. Lloyd uses hyphenated adjectival participles to create a rhythmic description of each season. Winter is "snowball-throwing, scarf-wrapping, sled-pulling, ice-sliding time"—reminding readers that each time of year is a perfect "fort-building" too. Winter's garlanded igloo is replaced by a bedsheet and blanket tent in the woods. It is followed by a driftwood and beach towel lean-to that gives way to a hut covered with branches and leaves, and ends with a near-catastrophe as a pet dog "helps out." Engaging with their natural environment and with one another in the building process, children can also use creativity, critical thinking, and teamwork. Halpin's sweet, detailed watercolor-and-pencil drawings of a diverse group of friends enjoying the outdoors and working together will encourage readers to see the potential in their own environments. Linguistic and narrative parallels reinforce a sense of movement and activity and create opportunities for word work. At a time when more children look to screens for their fun, this book might remind them to look around instead. VERDICT Use in the classroom for fun project-based learning, or at home with your sheets and couch cushions. Recommended.— Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence

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"When is the best time for fort building? Any time, any season, as explained in this zestful picture book...
The busy pages show children skiing, squishing in the mud in the rain, drawing pictures and reading books, swimming,hunting for shells, writing poems, and hiking on trails. Ebullient illustrations in watercolor and colored
pencils invite readers to get busy building. The delightfully detailed, colorful double-page spreads spur
imagination and enthusiastically embrace fun."--Booklist

"This colorful tribute to the perennial childhood occupation of fort-building  follows a group of children through the seasons as they use materials at hand to create cozy private spaces...At a time when more children look to screens for their fun, this book might remind them to look around instead."--School Library Journal

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (October 10, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0399556559
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0399556555
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD470L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 2
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.44 x 0.33 x 10.31 inches
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Megan Wagner Lloyd is the author of the kids' graphic novel ALLERGIC, co-created with illustrator Michelle Mee Nutter. She's also the author of the picture books FINDING WILD and FORT-BUILDING TIME, illustrated by Abigail Halpin, BUILDING BOOKS, illustrated by Brianne Farley, and PAPER MICE, illustrated by Phoebe Wahl. She lives with her family in the Washington DC area.

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