Play Outside!
Play Outside!

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Annotation: Explore the beauty of the natural world and discover hundreds of creatures in a vibrant picture book fantasy.
Catalog Number: #219729
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: W. W. Norton
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-324-01547-0 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8430-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-324-01547-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8430-6
Dewey: E
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In a sparsely worded story that feels weirdly prescient (given spring 2020 directives to shelter in place), an exasperated mom orders her son and daughter to play outside. She suggests they water the garden, pick flowers, lie in the grass, or play tag. Alternately they can hunt for bugs, run around, or go on an adventure, as long as they calm down before returning home. The kids comply, but what mom doesn't realize (and the artwork depicts) is a grand tour of the natural world found in several distinct habitats: seashores, rivers and ponds, mountains, deserts, savannahs, forests, oceans, tundra, the Arctic, and Australia. Moreau's distinctive gouache art makes use of vivid hues, crowded compositions, and the children's pink kite that guides readers through the spreads. Both flora and fauna are depicted in each adventure spread, and 250 animals are identified in an index that also notes endangered species status. Colorful and inviting with a vague Where's Waldo? vibe, this should motivate couch potatoes to get moving out of doors.
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2 It's a lovely, sunny day, so a mother sends her children outside to play. Combining real adventure and pretend play, the children pick flowers, look at the clouds, and ride on a sailboat. The illustrations are extremely vibrant and detailed. In one spread, the text says "run as fast as you can" and the illustrations show a sister and brother racing through a landscape populated with many animals, including a giraffe, an impala, a hippopotamus, and a crane. Text on the following page says, "and swing from the branches of trees" as the children climb trees over a dozen animals, including a flamingo, an okapi, and a gorilla. Back matter includes an eight-page spread of the featured creatures in the story and discusses animals in danger of extinction. VERDICT This imaginative story is highly recommended for purchase. It promotes education about endangered species and includes an abundant message of hope. Robin Sofge, Prince William P.L. Syst., VA
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

Two children are running around the house, knocking over furniture and getting in their mother's way, so she tells them to go play outside. Beginning in the garden, their outdoor adventure takes them on a tour through breathtaking landscapes, crossing deserts, climbing mountains, sailing the seas, and exploring jungles. Along the way they encounter 250 different species of animals, from black bears and scorpions to barracudas and orangutans, and many of which are endangered or nearly extinct. Blending storytelling and adventure, Laurent Moreau's striking picture book celebrates human connection to the world around us. Play Outside includes an index of the animals found within its pages, giving their level of vulnerability to extinction.

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