A Seek and Find Book for Kids of All Ages...
A “seek and find” book, There’s Something Wild In There presents eighteen exquisite illustrations set in nine spreads by artist Don Saint Denis, who has created an array of lush forest scenes featuring a variety of creatures who seem to challenge sharp eyes to find their hiding places. Accompanied by eight original poems by Children from Wind Dance Farm—a rural school providing supplemental instruction for homeschoolers—There’s Something Wild In There provides a feast of sight and sound for young readers and non-readers and their parents too.
Illustrator Don Saint Denis lived most of his adult life in western Michigan where the creatures of forest, lake, and dune inspired his work. Employing a variety of mediums, he created a marvelous assortment of woodcarvings, sculptures, paintings, and drawings. He also imagined and illustrated a number of children’s books but never quite got around to writing the words for them. The children of Wind Dance Farm were happy to help with that.
Writers Maryam Keeley, Samantha Stewart, and Cleta Ullom are students in West Virginia at Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education Center, whose school year programs and summer camps supplement the curricula of home school and public school students.
Click HERE to read an interview with the authors from the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.
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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR There’s Something Wild In There
“From the beautiful poems that accompany each image to the magnificent
artwork, There’s Something Wild in There is a delight. Children and parents will spend hours searching for the hidden images on every page, and the wonderful process of discovery will no doubt lead them outside to try their hand at finding hidden creatures there, too. Highly recommended!” –Evan Balkan, Professor of Writing at the Community College of Baltimore County and author of six published books
“Artist Don Saint Denis masterfully portrays the beauty and mystery of nature in his first children's book, There's Something Wild in There. He challenges all ages to find what is hidden in his gorgeous illustrations of a deep forest, vibrant with light, shadow, color, texture, and creatures! The accompanying imaginative verse, by teenage authors, creates a page turner children's book to be enjoyed again and again.” –Darlene A. DeHudy, Reference Librarian, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, Michigan
“There’s Something Wild In There appeals to children of all ages. Children love searching for all of the animals in the beautifully illustrated pictures. I highly recommend this book become part of your library, at home or school.” –Jaimee Hecksel, 7th/8th grade teacher, Fruitport Middle School, Fruitport, Michigan
“Intended for young people ages 2-10 There's Something Wild in There is a picturebook of eight original poems about the mysteries and wonders of wildlife hidden deep within the forest. The deep green, leafy illustrations show dark, tall, dense vegetation, with a hint of animal eyes here and there. The verses foster a sense of respect and wonder for natural ecosystems, and the creatures that dwell within them, in this unforgettable read-aloud treasure.”—Midwest Book Review