Perfect Picture Book Friday – Lost In The Woods

Happy June, Everybody!

It seems we’ve had rain forever. It’s so bad that the farmers can’t get enough rain-free days in a row to cut the hay, and it’s now well past time for first cutting.  Wednesday evening we had a violent thunderstorm with tornado warnings and hail that turned my porch garden into a cuisinart special.

But yesterday morning, as if to welcome June, we had a gorgeous clear sunny morning – the kind that makes you glad you’re alive to be out in it.

My daughter and I went for a walk.  We saw Mama and Papa Goose out on the pond with their 6-gosling flotilla (I tried to get you a video but they were too far away!)  And upon our return to the driveway we found a tiny fawn – not quite newborn, but pretty close, maybe a couple weeks old.  The fawn and our two dogs came face to face.  They were all the same size, looking at each other, and for a moment no one knew what to do!  Then I called the dogs off (they did not listen!), and the fawn bleated for his mama who was quite nearby and came running, and I panicked lest the dogs hurt the fawn or the mama deer hurt the dogs! and there was a bit of chaos!  But in the end I got the dogs in the house and the fawn and her mama scampered safely off into the green woods.

So after that, there was no doubt about what Perfect Picture Book I would share today!

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

Lost In The Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

Written By & Photographed By: Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick

Published By: Carl R. Sams II Photography, June, 2004, Reality Based Fiction

Suitable For: ages 5 and up

Themes/Topics: Animals, Patience, Seasons (Spring), Trust

Opening: “The Spring frogs sing-singing with a thousand trilling voices were silenced by the rising sun.  New life came into the woods before the sun touched the tops of the trees.  He slept quietly in the tall grass on the north edge of the meadow where the trees start the forest.”

Brief Synopsis:  The woodland creatures are worried that a newborn fawn might be lost.  “Mama said to wait right here,” the fawn whispers.  “She will come back.”  But the other animals aren’t convinced and offer their advice and help.  Does the doe come back?  What do you think? 🙂

Links To Resources:  The book itself is a resource.  Page after page of gorgeous photographs of woodland creatures will introduce children to animals and birds they may never have seen, especially if they live in the city.  The very last page of the book challenges readers to look back through the pictures and see if they can find a number of hidden animals.  Activity pages, Lesson Plan.  If you’re lucky enough to live in a rural area, go for a “deer drive” in the evening, cruising slowly along back roads, and see how many different animals and birds you can spot 🙂

Why I Like This Book:  I love this story!  It’s simple and sweet.  On the first page where the fawn appears, he is a tangle of fragile limbs.  His spotted fur helps him blend into the forest floor.  By the last page, he has mastered those rascally legs and can be seen bounding through the meadow grass with such joy you can’t help but smile at his airs above the ground.  But the best part is the photography.  It’s breathtaking.  Absolutely stunning!  The fawn’s fur looks like you could reach out and touch it.  You can see his eyelashes!  And there are so many other animals pictured – chipmunk, goslings, a tree frog whose camouflage is amazing!, cardinal, red-winged blackbird, raccoon, and many others.  I know I’m an animal lover (and therefore biased :)) but I think this book is exquisitely beautiful and one that anyone would enjoy!

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂  I hope to see lots of you at the NJSCBWI Conference!!!  And please tune in Monday for the next installment of Oh Susanna!

Also, just a heads up that we will have 2 more weeks of Perfect Picture Books – Friday June 9 and Friday June 16 – and then go on hiatus for the summer!

12 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Lost In The Woods

  1. Maria Marshall (@MariaMarshall_) says:

    Susanna, We had opposite days. We finally got sun, on Wednesday Then yersterday, roving gangs of shower clouds rolled and boiled through. They couldn’t decide if they would sprinkle or pour. The sun finally peeked out about 3 pm, for an hour. But watching the antics of some damp grey and Douglas squirrels, as well a number of woodpeckers, made the greyness bearable. I too love animals and adore this book!

  2. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Rain or drought. It’s tough to hit the sweet spot in between. I’m glad the sun finally decided to shine on you. And this sweet book looks lovely. It has a huge awwww factor, doesn’t it? Have a good weekend!

  3. ptnozell says:

    The sunny days seem so much sweeter after days (an entire month?) of rain! Lost in the Woods seems like a wonderful read after a busy day in the sun, or curled up to wait out the rain.

  4. Diane Tulloch says:

    Oh we are getting the rain for sure. Winter has definitely arrived down here. 🙂 Love the choice of book as the cover is gorgeous. I wish I could own a fawn. Fat chance living in the city and anyway you wouldn’t see any wild ones here. Enjoy your weekend.

  5. Patricia Tilton says:

    Such a gorgeous cover. I’m sold. I love books with beautiful photography about nature. We have a lot of deer and two fawns in my neighborhood. Looks like a quiet and contemplative book. Such a perfect read for kids who love animals in the wild.

  6. Joanna says:

    So glad the faun and mama took off safely!

    More rain is due next week and I so feel for the farmers!

    I love that this book is photos and not illustrations!

  7. Sue Heavenrich says:

    We had a day of sun! yay! Great book choice, and wonderful to have it filled with photos. Photos provide so much for kids to look at (habitat, plants, other creatures, and of course, deer details)

  8. viviankirkfield says:

    I’m loving this book, Susanna! And I’m loving that the sun is shining here also. In fact, the balmy (finally) temps encouraged me to buy some herb and veggie plants yesterday…fingers crossed that my aged ‘head, shoulders, knees, and toes’ cooperate and don’t complain too much as I dig them into the garden today. 😉

    I love the idea of a photographic story…I think kids love to see the REAL animals in a book, not just illustrated ones.

  9. Genevieve Petrillo says:

    In my experience, Moms always come back. Mom leaves me and says the same words of, “Wait right here.” I take her advice on account of no thumbs. Waiting is tough, but then she comes to take care of me. Whew!

    Love and licks,

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