Step Gently Out

Step Gently Out

Book - 2012
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Close-up photos and lightly-rhymed declarative verse capture a bug's-eye view of nature and encouarge children to experience the world outside their doors with care and openness. Includes insect facts. "Step gently out, be still and look closely at the world just outside your door-you are sure to be amazed by the tiny creatures you can find. You might see a cricket leap and land, a moth open her wings, a spider walking across the air, or maybe even a praying mantis looking back at you!"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763656010
0763656011
Branch Call Number: 811 Fr
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Lieder, Rick

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AL_ELIZABETHP Oct 19, 2016

With simple yet elegant poetry and stunning, up-close photographs, this children's book is not to be missed.

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greenacres
Feb 03, 2014

Incredible photographs, soft reading text. Perfect for bedtime or a storytime about insects and nature.

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elloyd74
Apr 05, 2013

Close-up photographs of insects pair with a rhyming poetic text that calls us to look closely: "Step gently out, be still, and watch a single blade of grass. An ant climbs up to look around. A honeybee flies past." A quiet book, a quick read, not too exciting--but a nice one to share before going out on a nature walk or bug hunt.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 10, 2012

Folks may consider bug and insect books as ephemeral, deserving only a single read, then moving on. This book in sharp contrast deserves to be read again and again and again. And hey, if it manages to get a bug-loving kid out there interested in a little poetry as well, no harm no foul. Steeped in lovely, through and through.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 10, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 10, 2012

"Step gently out," the book urges us. "... be still, and watch a single blade of grade." As we follow the words and instructions we are brought in close to a wide array of common backyard insects. An ant lifts its head from the center of a yellow flower and is "bathed in golden light." A spider weaves webs soaked in droplets and we hear that "they're splashed with morning dew". By the end we begin to understand them better and the text closes with "In song and dance and stillness, they share the world with you." A final two-page spread at the end identifies all the insects shown in the book and gives some facts about their lives.

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