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Simon and Schuster Paul Wiseman Books 2016
Science Curriculum

From the publisher:

The joy of the seasons, the wonder of discovery, and the appreciation and respect for the natural world is at the heart of this book, drawn from the childhood of award-winning illustrator Jim LaMarche.

When Matt is out for a late winter hike he sees a trickle of water in the old deserted and junk filled dirt pit at the edge of his neighborhood. With quiet appreciation, Matt can imagine the pond that must once have been there, shining in the early spring light, freezing in the winter for skating and the perfect place for swimming in the summer.

Can Matt’s discovery transform a forgotten pond to its natural wonder? With his idea of making the pond whole again, Matt rallies his friends, Katie and Pablo, and together they work through the spring, clearing debris, moving rocks to hold the water, and looking for leaks. But would there be enough water to fill the pond? Can they bring the pond back?"



Young Matt is out for a late winter walk one day when he takes time to really "see" the neighborhood, "Pit."  Amidst the rubble and junk, his keen eye has noticed a small stream bubbling through.  Instantly he is determined to set the stream free and see what it might become.  They might even bring back the pond that once held that ground.

With his sister, Katie, and best friend, Pablo, making a willing and dedicated team, the stream is soon cleared and a dam is formed.

Spring arrives and summer, fall and winter following. The stream grows and grows into a shallow pond and creates a place to wade, to float and enchantingly builds a bridge between the determined trio and the birds and animals who have made the new pond their home.

Gentle, hopeful stirrings trickle from each page as the children discover the wonder of the natural space around them.  Beautiful use of light as in every gorgeous story from Jim LaMarche.

40 pages    978-1481447355     Ages 4-8

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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