Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Hush Hush, Forest

Hush Hush, Forest

Mary Casanova
Illustrator:  Nick Wroblewski 
Picture Book
For ages 5 and up
University of Minnesota Press, 2018   ISBN: 978-0816694259

As two children snuggle under blankets to read a book, golden leaves drift down from the trees that stand outside, fluttering past their windows. The days shorten and soon we see the wild animals of the woods preparing for the cold that is coming.

The loons sing their last song and then take to the sky. The beavers gnaw through tree trunks until aspens fall down; they will be used to build a lodge. Raccoons get busy eating as much as they grow fat and their “pelt grows thick.”

Like “wisps of fire” the northern lights flicker across the sky. Dancing ribbons in blue, green, yellow, and pink dazzle those who see them.

With evocative and lyrical word pictures, and beautiful woodcuts, the creators of this book bring readers a spectacular picture of the changing seasons as they are unfold in the north woods in North America. We hear voices, the swish and hum of wings. We can almost smell the snow falling. This book is a treat for all the senses.