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What Forest Knows    by George Ella Lyon & August Gall Amazon.com order for
What Forest Knows
by George Ella Lyon
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Atheneum, 2014 (2014)
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*   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'Forest knows snow
icy branches
frozen waterfall
squirrels asleep in hallows
insects burrowed in bark
moles resting among roots.
'

These opening lines don't necessarily connect with the illustrations that accompany them. What you'll see is a bleak winter scene, the lower half of a sitting dog, and two critters that might or might not be moles.

The nameless dog, or at least a small image of it, will continue onto other pages along with some recognizable forest animals. The season will change to spring and then summer before we are into falling leaves and autumn.

Then the dog is back and now we get a close up of his face. The text has continued to catalog what the forest knows and that's all well and good. Unfortunately, what I know after paging through this odd book is that I didn't care for it that much. I've seen much better picture books that focus on the change of seasons and forest life.

Admittedly, the illustrations are pleasant but the narrative is sadly mediocre at best.

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