Perfect Picture Book Friday! Forest has a Song by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

12 Apr

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is National Poetry Month and this book has an awesome message!


foresthasasongForest has a Song

by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

Illustrated by Robbin Gourley

40 pages – ages 6 – 9

Published by Clarion Books on March 26, 2013

Theme/Topic – Poetry / Nature

Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the inside jacket –

Take a walk in the forest. Have a chat with a chickadee, watch the fiddleheads unfurl, discover a fossil, hear what a young owl tells its mother before its first flight. Find out what the spring tree frog is really saying:

Marry me.

Please marry me…

Pick me now.

Make me your choice.

I’m one great frog

with one strong voice.

The forest is inviting you to come and visit.”

Why I liked this book –This is an awesome book! I love the art and the poems! This is indeed a “perfect picture book”! The message is great (and important) because it talks about getting kids out and enjoying nature, and really paying attention to it. I like that it is told from the girl character’s point of view. I like that the dog is practically always with the girl and that the girl is anonymous. This is a wonderful book. I think that kids and parents will like love this book!

Activities and Resources –

The National Wildlife Federation has a “Great American Backyard Campout” every year. This year it is on Saturday June 23 (click HERE to learn about it). You can register for the event and invite friends to camp with you. The event is held every year to help kids and parents get outside and enjoy nature. Our family loves to go camping. Maybe yours would too – even if it is in your backyard!

Or you (or your child) can go outside and write a poem about what you see/hear/smell/feel/taste!

Here’s one I did. I just walked outside and wrote about what I saw!

By Me

Ripples turn the pond
into a wave-pool for bugs.
Have fun, small critters!


To learn more about Ms. Vanderwater, please visit her website HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

60 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Forest has a Song by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater”

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill April 12, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Thanks for reviewing this wonderful book, Erik. I’m so glad to see it on our list! And I love that it inspired you to write a poem (which is terrific, by the way! :))


  2. Genevieve Petrillo April 12, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    I also like that the dog always gets to go along with the girl. I wish Mom would read this and learn from it….

    Love and licks,


  3. Catherine Johnson April 12, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    Oh great, Erik. You did a poetry book. I keep forgetting we can put them on the list. This is my favorite of 2013 :0)


  4. Angela Brown April 12, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Love your choice for today. And you added a haiku. Brilliant!


  5. patientdreamer April 12, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Very cool Erik! Loved the book and your poem is brilliant!


  6. amyludwigvanderwater April 12, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Dear Erik,
    Thank you so much for reviewing Robbin’s and my book so favorably and for sharing it on a Perfect Picture Book Friday. I am honored. You explain perfectly what I hoped readers would take from these poems. As for your poem, I adore it. I want to draw those little bugs having a blast in rubber floaties yelling “Whee!” in their tiny wave pool. Happy spring to you and your family, and many good camping wishes.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 14, 2013 at 8:24 am #

      Thank YOU for taking the time to comment! You can draw the bugs if you want! 🙂


  7. Janet Wong April 12, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    I love seeing a poetry collection here–and this is a stellar choice! Please review more poetry books!!!


  8. Heather Dent April 12, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    I am inspired. I want to go outside right now and write a poem. Thanks Eric!


  9. Cathy Ballou Mealey April 12, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Wonderful watery haiku Erik! Love this book too. Perfect to bring along on a campout and read while snuggled in a sleeping bag and a tent!


  10. Wendy Greenley April 12, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    This book sounds super. If it wasn’t pouring rain, I’d be headed outside. But this weather will be good for those frogs…


  11. Linda Baie April 12, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    I have this book, & you’re right, it’s a perfect book to entice everyone to get outdoors! I love your poem, too. You are lucky to have a pond nearby. Thanks for such a good review and for the links!


  12. Sue Heavenrich April 12, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    great minds think alike – I’ve got an interview with Amy over at my blog…. keep up with the poetry. I love haiku, don’t you?


  13. Patricia Tilton April 12, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    What a beautiful choice today Erik, especially with spring around the corner. This sounds like a book you can be quiet with and let it fill your soul. Great ideas for using the book.


  14. Anonymous April 12, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    You picked a great book, Erik! And your haiku is wonderful! Nature never fails to inspire:)


  15. Joanna April 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Love your spontaneous haiku! An I am sooo glad someone has reviewed this special book for PPBF!


  16. ontheplumtree April 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    You know how I feel about poetry, Erik. Good one!


  17. Barbara April 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    This book sounds lovely and right up my alley. Thanks, Erik!


  18. julie rowan zoch April 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    I fell for the cover! And the message, of course, but the cover made me swoon, and I wish my last name sounded like the author’s – like a soap bubble recipe!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 14, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      I like your name too! It rolls off the tongue easily! (if I pronounce it right – ZOCH as in DOCK?) The cover IS great!


      • julie rowan zoch April 15, 2013 at 10:09 am #

        That is how people here pronounce it, but in Germany the Z is a roll of ‘t’ into ‘s’: ts, then the o is pronunced more like a short ‘awe’. Okay, that was the easy part! The ‘ch’ is where most here have trouble: it’s in the back of the throat, like getting popcorn shells out. Have fun trying!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks April 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

        Oh boy. Give me an hour or two! 😉
        P.S. Even better than “Vanderwater”! (I think)


      • julie rowan zoch April 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm #



  19. jama April 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Love your haiku! Wave pool for bugs = perfect! 🙂 So happy you featured this book!!


  20. PragmaticMom April 12, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Hi Erik,
    I posted on Forest Has a Song today too! I have a linky of all the reviews of her book so I added yours too. I hope that is ok.


  21. Michelle Isenhoff April 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    I love the sound of this one. M-man and I just studied ferns fiddleheads and moss. We wanted to go look for some, but the way spring is going in gloomy Michigan, our next homeschool project might be building an ark!

    Cute Haiku! 😉


  22. readingwithrhythm April 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I love that cover! The title and the fact that a dog is part of the story. Sounds like the poems are quite lovely and what a great message! Get outside! Thanks for sharing!


  23. Darlene April 14, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Love your Haiku. The book sounds delightful. I like the simple short sentences. They say so much.


  24. Renee LaTulippe April 15, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    I love this book! Amy did a poetry video for “Puff,” which I’ll put up on Friday this week. All the poems are so good. 🙂

    And your haiku is funny and fabulous! A wave-pool for bugs…only you, Erik!


  25. viviankirkfield April 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Wonderful choice, Erik! I love how you tied in National Poetry Month, National Wildlife Federation Camping weekend and Perfect Picture Book Friday…awesome!
    And your Haiku is terrific. 🙂


  26. KidLitReviews April 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Nice selection. I love your poem. Is it just the wave pool or is there perhaps an entire amusement park in your backyard? Look closely, there might be!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      Hmm… The tree could be a tree-climbing wall (like one of those rock walls)… The grass ~ slides… Hmm… The stones… Tanning Stone? 😉


  27. Penny Klostermann April 16, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    I love your Haiku, Erik! Thanks for reviewing Amy’s book. I’ve yet to read it,but it is high on my list!


  28. Myra GB April 16, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi there Erik dearest, I have been waiting to get my hands on Amy’s book too – sounds truly precious. And yes, my family enjoys camping too. However, here in Singapore, it’s more like urban camping compared to what you may probably be experiencing there in the States or in Australia. Ours is relatively close to the city, has full wifi capability, but well, it is a good nature-fix. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 17, 2013 at 7:10 am #

      I think you would love this book Ms. Bascal!
      That’s the point of the campout – to just be outside! It doesn’t matter where! 😀



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