Step Gently Out

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Candlewick Press, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 24 pages
29 Reviews
Stunning close-up photography and a lyrical text implore children to look more closely at the world around them.

Be still, and watch a single blade of grass.
An ant climbs up to look around.
A honeybee flies past.


What would happen if you walked very, very quietly and looked ever so carefully at the natural world outside? You might see a cricket leap, a moth spread her wings, or a spider step across a silken web. In simple, evocative language, Helen Frost offers a hint at the many tiny creatures around us. And in astonishing close-up photographs, Rick Lieder captures the glint of a katydid's eye, the glow of a firefly, and many more living wonders just awaiting discovery. Fascinating facts about all the creatures pictured may be found at the end.

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User Review  - laurlou - LibraryThing

This book contains incredible photography, paired with wonderful poems, that explore world of insects. Read full review

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User Review  - Paul Farbman - Goodreads

This poem about insects is very enticing to the reader. There is a definite rhyming structure to the poem. A good example of alliteration can be found within the poem: " A spider spins a silken thread ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Helen Frost is the author of Monarch and Milkweed as well as six novels-in-poems for children and young adults. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Rick Lieder is a nature photographer, artist, and book-jacket designer. He lives in Michigan.

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