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Bringing The Outside In by Mary McKenna Siddals
BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN
Written by Mary McKenna Siddals
Illustrated by Patrice Barton
(Random House BYR; $17.99, Ages 3-7)
The essence of childhood play is beautifully conveyed in Mary McKenna Siddals’ sing songy picture book, Bringing the Outside In. In this ode to outdoor pleasures, four pals spend carefree time galavanting in nature and their joy is contagious. Siddals’ rhymes and Barton’s seasonal artwork make every page loads of fun to read aloud and look at any time of year.
I must add here that even if there were no lovely, action-filled illustrations by Patrice Barton, you could still imagine the scene easily: kids dashing about with rain jackets and umbrellas, splishing and sploshing to their hearts’ content. Whether in the garden or at the beach, in the rain or in the snow, the children always find something to do outside. Then, when they’re inside, they can delight in the memory of having been together by looking at photos.
Siddals has included simple yet catchy repetition to engage the youngest of readers who’ll want to have the story read over and over. Bringing the Outside In is a great book to encourage outdoor play with the promise of wonderful treasures of nature to discover everywhere.
- Reviewed by Ronna Mandel
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Oh so sweet! Love Patrice’s illustrations especially. Great boost to get the littles away from tech devices!
That’s exactly what I was thinking! Off the couch and onto a pile of leaves!
Thanks so much, Ronna, for shining such a generous spotlight on my BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN with this lovely review, which captures the spirit of the book beautifully. Your kind words and enthusiasm are ever-so-greatly appreciated!
It’s rewarding to be able to share terrific books about the joys of play, especially those celebrating the great outdoors.
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