A mother and her toddler end up being caught in a rainstorm on their summer walk. This simple story is fun to read.
Kari-Lynn teaches education at Brock University.
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.
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.