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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play


illustrated by Tatiana Ukhova

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2021
Imagination & Play, Environment, Friendship, Insects, Spiders, etc.
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


“[A] gloriously inventive debut.”—New York Times Book Review

Kids ages 4-7 will get lost in the imaginative world of this wordless picture book!

In this colorful and moving portrait told from the up-close perspectives of a young girl and a grasshopper, a garden comes alive with creatures, plants, and surprises of nature.

Grasshopper encourages young readers to:

  • Explore nature around them with curiosity and imagination
  • Respect nature and the creatures who call it their home 

While investigating and admiring the insects in her garden, a young girl discovers how her actions impact the little creatures she finds, like a caterpillar inside a pea pod. When she places the caterpillar on an anthill, the ants swarm it! 

When she captures a grasshopper, she discovers one of its legs has fallen off. To keep it safe from the ants, she places it in a jar—only for another curious creature to come investigate. 

As the day progresses, the girl learns the profound effect she can have on the natural world around her.

About the author

Contributor Notes

TATIANA UKHOVA has a degree in finance, but her desire to be an artist has led her to study drawing, color theory, and illustration over the last ten years. She was born in Moscow and still lives there. This is her first book.

Editorial Reviews

“Nature’s miniature whimsies bloom in Ukhova’s wordless picture-book debut ... Marvelously astute.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Ukhova works in broad painted lines, bathing everything in vibrant color and capturing the protagonist’s quickly changing emotions... Ukhova’s child acts out of believable curiosity and impulse, and is observed as closely by readers as the insects.”
Publishers Weekly

“A wonderful, wordless picture book that asks young readers to take a closer look at the world around them .... Ukhova’s illustrations take readers on a fascinating journey and show us how important it is to pay attention to what’s around us.”
Globe and Mail

“A wordless story of compassion, emotional growth, and understanding.”
Let's Talk About Picture Books

“A good way to start a discussion on how even small choices can have consequences that impact the environment.”
School Library Connections

“New and Notable Nature-Based Picture Books for Spring”: A stunning and captivating wordless picture book with lots of pages to explore and dive in to a garden with a little girl, wondering at the impact she has on even the smallest of creatures.”
The Silvan Reverie