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Children's Fiction City & Town Life

On My Walk

by (author) Kari-Lynn Winters

illustrated by Christina Leist

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2010
City & Town Life, Daily Activities, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


In this beautiful picture book, illustrated by Christina Leist, a mother and her toddler are caught up in a summer rainstorm on their walk through the city. This simple story, poetically told by Kari-Lynn Winters, will be a fun bedtime—or anytime—read for toddlers and parents alike.

About the authors

Kari-Lynn Winters is the author of Jeffrey and Sloth (2007), a picture book about the daunting task of overcoming writer's block, and The Meaning Maker, a children's play about reading strategies which is currently being toured throughout the Lower Mainland. A graduate of Canada's National Theatre School, she is currently performing with a Vancouver children's theatre group, The Tickle Trunk Players.

Kari has taught a range of students in Canada and the United States, including pre-school, special education, primary, intermediate, high school, and now university teacher education.

She is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Language and Literacy Department at UBC. Her research interests are children's literature, print literacy, and multimodal forms of learning.

Kari's website is

Kari-Lynn Winters' profile page

CHRISTINA LEIST is a Vancouver-based children’s illustrator, writer and book designer. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden with a Bachelor (Honours) in Communications Design, she worked as an Art Director for several international advertising agencies. Her books featuring imaginative worlds for the young have received several award nominations and great recognition.


Christina Leist's profile page


  • Short-listed, BC and Yukon Book Prizes - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Awards

Editorial Reviews

“This book will worm its way into the memories and imaginations of toddlers.”

Quill & Quire

"The out-and-back journey is comfortingly portrayed. Unfussy illustrations complement the text."

The Horn Book Guide

"The very simple text, with onomatopoeic words, is great for reading aloud…Leist's fetching mixed media illustrations complement and extend the story…Share this book at storytimes, or pack it in your knapsack when you go on a neighborhood literacy walk. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"Perfectly suited to very young children...Young readers will appreciate absorbing the illustrations...On My Walk will gently remind caregivers and children about the beauty in the world around them, no matter where they live!"

Canadian Children's Book News

"A delightful book for the pre-kindergarten age group...There's the wonderful sound of a frog—'frippity-frop' and the sight of a bug—'hippity-hop.' So many rhyming words for the ear of the young listener! Including rich language, easy story line and a memory challenge, what comes next? Great fun! Christina Leist's illustrations will definitely catch the attention of the young audience listening to this story. There's something unique to look for on each page."

The Bookmark (BCTLA)

Librarian Reviews

On My Walk

The simple repetitive text picks out the details of a small child’s summertime walk through sunshine and rain. The main characters, child, mother and dog are outlined in black to stand out against the softer greens, greys and browns of the background illustrations that are loosely identifiable as Vancouver. The child delights in meeting a horse, a frog, a bug and a fish, eating an ice cream and running home in the rain. The audience will enjoy following the words on the page as they listen to the onomatopoeic rhythm.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

On My Walk

What could be finer than taking a leisurely walk through a neighbourhood park where there are so many interesting things to see and hear? Within a Vancouver setting, a mother, child, and pet dog experience the clippity-clop of a horse, the frippity-frop of a frog, the hippity-hop of a bug, the flippity-flop of a fish, and the slippityslop of an ice-cream cone. It is only when they hear the drippitydrop of the raindrops that their summer walk evolves into a summer run as they scurry home, quickly bypassing the sights and sounds encountered earlier on their journey.

Author Kari-Lynn Winters has written a simple 75-word story perfectly suited to very young children. This rhythmic text will encourage them to chant the words and create their own sound effects. Pronouncing the onomatopoeic script will be especially entertaining.

Christina Leist’s digital artwork depicts the landscape from a child’s point of view. Young readers will appreciate absorbing the illustrations depicting the natural surroundings of a pond, beach and cityscape. They will enjoy the antics of the comical pet dog who is especially excited by his explorations. As the story progresses, note how the bright sunny sky gradually transforms into a dark, brooding atmosphere.

On My Walk will gently remind caregivers and children about the beauty in the world around them, no matter where they live!

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2010. Vol.33 No.3.

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