"If you love wildlife and the enchanting beauty of nature and hope your children will too, then bring these beautiful books home and share the wonders of wild nature with your little ones. Christine’s charming and welcoming prose is beautifully paired with her nature-inspired watercolors. Reading this series with the children in your life is more than enjoying a beautiful book together, it is about nurturing a connection to wild places and wildlife.” Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director of Northeast Wilderness Trust.
Summer in the Forest: A Seasons in the Forest Book
Written and Illustrated by: Christine Copeland
Publisher: Christine Copeland Books Publication
Date: July 4, 2023
Reviewed by: Holly Connors
Review Date: June 12, 2023
It's a hot summer day in a beautiful forest in New England. So hot, that you might think all the animals are hiding, or perhaps napping. But the forest is alive, and in Summer in the Forest, author Christine Copeland will show readers just what that means.
The story opens as a majestic young eagle, who is perched high in a tree, is surveying his surroundings. He then takes wing, and explores the woods below him. Do you think he spots any wildlife below?
Up in those trees, just beneath where the eagle flies, is a scurry of squirrels. They run and play, and while the temperature soars, they don't let that stop their fun.
"Squirrels jump from branches in rambunctious play high in the forest on a hot summer day."
As the story continues, readers will discover a wide array of animals, all living in that forest, exploring, feeding their young, and playing. There are so many amazing creatures to meet and learn about - the forest really is alive.
Author Christine Copeland, who lives in the woods of Massachusetts, has grown her love of the outdoors into a passion, and through her beautiful oil paintings and gentle rhymes, she has found a way to share that passion with youngsters. Summer in the Forest, the fourth book in her "Seasons in the Forest" series, is a simple story, one where you can feel the warmth of a summer's day, and the ease of relaxing in a forest as the crickets chirp and the birds sing. At the back of the book the author explains to her young readers in a way they can understand, the levels of a forest (overstory, understory, and ground floor), and that's exactly how she organized her story. We first read about an eagle high in the overstory, then we meet animals living in the understory, and finally some very cool ground floor inhabitants. It's a nice, easy way to explain a somewhat complex principle in a way very young children can understand. But they won't know they're learning because they'll be busy enjoying the story and marveling at the gorgeous illustrations that the author has created to accompany her lovely story. I can't wait to see what she has planned for her next educational story to guide readers into the delightful realm of the forest.
Quill says: Summer in the Forest is a wonderful addition to author Christine Copeland's "Seasons in the Forest" series and will make a perfect addition to your favorite young reader's library.
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GOLD Winner Autumn 2022
Autumn in the Forest - A Seasons in the Forest Book
Author Christine Copeland captures the changing of the season, and the magnificent splendor of autumn.
Autumn is approaching and the forest is changing. There is a chill in the air, the wind is howling, and the leaves and seeds are falling to the ground. The colors are transitioning from luscious greens to wonderful hues of yellow, gold, brown and reds. The animals are preparing for the colder weather. The geese are flying away to warmer climates, the squirrels are gathering nuts and hiding in their nests, and the bears are resting in their lair.
Autumn in the Forest by author Christine Copeland is one in a series of books for younger children about the seasons and the natural world. This is an enchanting picture book, which captures the changing of the season, and the magnificent splendor of autumn. Beautifully written in rhyme, with wonderful rhythm and repetition, this lyrical book sings the sights and sounds of the forest. The rich, vibrant, watercolor illustrations are stunning, and capture the essence of autumn perfectly.
The book will help children learn about the changing of the seasons, how plants and animals prepare for autumn, and the habitats of forest animals. With further information, questions for readers, and suggested activities at the end of the book, the book will encourage further discussion and exploration of nature.
Star rating: 5 Stars
Summary: This is a stunning book, that children and families will treasure forever.
©2020 Readers' Choice Book Awards
We love Autumn in the Forest! The beautiful watercolor illustrations are whimsical while staying recognizable, and the rhyming, repetitive text will be so captivating and memorable for children. When we read stories we love to invite movement, and there is so much movement to notice in autumn that this book explores. At the Hitchcock Center we love paying close attention to the changes of seasons, and what better way to do that than through the eyes of the local animals that share our home. Bravo!
Katie, Colleen, and Helen Ann (a few Hitchcock educators)
Children + Family Programs Coordinators
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Amherst, MA 01002