Step Gently Out

by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

Poet Helen Frost encourages children to “step gently out” and look with... read more

Poet Helen Frost encourages children to “step gently out” and look with care at the natural world. If they do, they may be rewarded with sights of small creatures otherwise easily overlooked. “A spider spins a silken thread and steps across the air. A praying mantis looks at you—do you know she’s there?” The lyrical narrative is set against photographs by Rick Lieder that offer an up-close look at each of the bugs and other elements of nature Frost describes, with the depth of field required to take the shots meaning the backgrounds soften and blur. The visual effect is lovely, and echoes the idea of truly focusing closely on the small things in front of you. The final page spread includes a visual index, reiterating the images of the insects, and providing a short paragraph of information about each creature. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013

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