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Nature relaxes, challenges, teaches, comforts, de-stresses. This is one of those marvelous, wordless books that has a value that goes far beyond the dollar. First, it's a book that kids can read to their parents and teachers. It's highly interactive because it lets you and your kids invent the narrative. Second, the pictures contain surprises throughout. When the youngster is just a little nervous about the upcoming mountain climb, we have no doubt whatsoever what's in his mind; the artist is quite accurate. We can see what the boy puts in his backpack and agree or disagree with his selections. We can laugh at his mischievous cat. We can see the wild animals quietly spying on the boy and his dad in the woods. The author is one of those illustrators who lives what he sees. Third, we can feel this experience. I could feel the rush of the waterfall and when the calm of the forest slowly started to take over as the duo got deeper into the woods. I suspect your kids will want to touch the pages. Fourth, it's full of kid-friendly surprises. Anyone who hikes knows that each experience will be different. The boy finds a feather, he examines a ladybug, he carefully crosses a log over the water. We see the majesty of the mountains. In summary, while it's not always possible to get out into the countryside or forests for walks, this book will certainly whet your appetite. And if you have a child who sometimes needs help relaxing or de-stressing, this is not the actual outdoors but it's the next best thing. And it will give you ideas, maybe, for some local parks.
I felt very calm while reading this book. I'm a fan of Pete Oswald's illustration style and am not disappointed with this book. It is basically a wordless picture book except for sound words, which will make this a great book to teach onomatopoeia. It is a great success in the wordless picture book category for the characters are very expressive, there is a lot of detail on each page, and kids will be able to relate to many of the joy and challenges this book depicts. Very well done!
I'm gong to be perfectly honest, I bought this book because the dad in the book drives a clean looking Toyota FJ40. I'm am so jealous! But story (without words) is also great as I also have a daughter and love to go to the mountains in a FJ Cruiser (not as cool but it'll do)
This book captures the whole adventure of going hiking from getting ready to leave and all through the whole hike. The illustrations have lots of detail. Our little hiker lives to look at the pictures. Great for both a boy or a girl.
Grand adventures in nature don't have to take weeks: one day is enough when you have dreamed and planned, and get up early to explore a mountain with your father by your side! In Hike, Oswald's gently lush panoramic scenes alternate with more detailed close-up panels to highlight this child and parent's exploration, while text is kept to just a few onomatopoeic words. The duo's close relationship is easily felt through facial expressions and actions (small adversities are overcome together) and the majesty of nature is easily felt through perspective and chosen scenery. One caveat to the story, though, caught my eye (indeed, a disclaimer on the copyright/dedication page addresses this issue): the pair bring a sapling with them to plant on the mountain. While this story line is promoted as helping to play a small role in the forest's survival, it can also be illegal to plant in public spaces, as well as dangerous through the possible spread of diseases. Nevertheless, this warm tale is a loving story of bonds with both nature and each other, and of a memorable adventure experienced all in one day.
From their activities and the details pictured in their home, including their photo album, this family appears to consist of one young nature enthusiast and a single-dad, both brown skinned, who are fond of each other and used to interacting respectfully. I am always on the lookout for Black protagonists in nature settings in picture books. (There aren't so many.) I especially like the father following his child's interest, using helmets for their climb, bringing their own water bottles, and being physically affectionate as if that's normal for them. The illustrations are appealing and interesting and wordlessly depict an engaging sequential story. I think it's a satisfying, lovely book, probably for older preschoolers and up.