For kids who love to draw and create, this captivating picture book fosters an appreciation for nature and features craft ideas to inspire young artists.
Kids will be inspired to create:
Fingerprint bumblebeesSculptures made of sandRainbow colored jarsAnd more!
Nature is an Artist explores different art forms that kids can find in the natural world. In the book, a group of children follow Nature—the most inspiring of teachers—as they discover the world’s greatest art show hidden in plain sight. As they witness beautiful landscapes, stunning vistas, and unusual creatures, each child is inspired to recreate their own fine work of art.
With charming, rhythmic text from Jennifer Lavalee and vivid, eye-catching illustrations from Natalia Colombo, Nature is an Artist celebrates nature’s beauty and variety, and instills kids with:
The confidence to see themselves as artists! Respect and appreciation for nature. After reading, kids will appreciate the art in their own outdoor surroundings.
When seeking artistic inspiration—in terms of both medium and subject matter—this picture book's creators suggest that readers look no further than Nature itself: "We can all be artists./ Nature shows us how./ So many styles to choose from—/ let's get started now." Paired with Lavallee's cheery rhyming prose, Colombo's exuberant multitextured art imagines Nature as a green, slightly bushy biomorphic artist with a benevolent facial expression. As Nature works on the world's varied landscapes—painting, sculpting, and etching—doll-like human children with arrayed skin tones happily tag along to learn, translating what they see via their own materials. When Nature paints "hills against the sunrise/ gold and rose and green," the kids finger-paint "thumb-print bees/ and shaggy trees"; when Nature scatters leaves on the ground, they approximate the effect with collage. It's a sweet-natured tribute to both classroom-scaled creativity and the grandeur of the outdoors. Ages 3–8.