I love to walk in the bush.
If I keep my eyes and ears open, it’s always an adventure.
As the unseen narrator of this simple tale walks through the bush s/he sees splashes of colour, in the form of blossoms, and hears birdsong and croaking, before seeing a variety of animals and insects. The bush is, we are told, an amazing place.
The Bushwalk is a delightful offering which aims to encourage children to explore the natural environment, especially within Australia. The text focuses on what the narrator (presumably the author, visible in one picture as a pair of booted legs walking on a path) sees and hears on regular bushwalks. Each page includes a fact about the wildlife pictured, written on leaves, rocks and pieces of bark. The illustrations present realistic, softly toned watercolour images of the bushland inhabitants in double page spreads.
A wonderful classroom resource, this is also suitable for home reading.
The Bushwalk, by Sandra Kendall
Windy Hollow, 2011
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