Topics – seasons, outdoor play, poetry
Summary – If you’ve ever found seashells in your lint catcher, then Mary McKenna’s Bringing the Outside In will strike a chord of familiarity. In footprints, drips and collected treasures, McKenna describes outdoor exploration through the seasons which are always brought home for reflection. Patrice Barton’s joyful illustrations lend a kind of carefree flavor to McKenna’s poetic phrases. I particularly enjoyed the laundry room scene of kids in their skivvies hanging dripping swimsuits with the dog shaking its wet fur in the midst. I also love the final scenes of the kids sharing memories by the fire and then later pulling out pictures from their adventures to remember their past adventures together. McKenna’s simple poetry captures both the camaraderie found in natural exploration as well as the treasures to be found there.
Suggested Ages – This book is suitable for preschool-aged children and up. All young readers will relate to the fun to be had in each season and also the friendships to be found in the outdoors.