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When you leave nature behind and head indoors
, nature keeps on happening all the while. Mother deer may search for blueberries for their fawns. Squirrels might leap closer to their sweethearts. Lizards still laze in sunny spots among the strawberrie
s. A fox may be asleep with her babies. Bears may be drinking from the river. One after another, the activities of nature and wildlife continue, even when a human isn’t there to witness it all. But if you do happen to be out in nature, stay quiet and still and soon you will be witnessing all of the small activities that make up a day in the life of the creatures around you.
This European import speaks to that realization that children suddenly have that things go on even when they are absent, and not just after bedtime! Here nature, insects and animals are used as the example with real impact, as they have lives just like the children do. Their bustling busyness continues even when a child leaves the side of the lake, exits the forest or enters their house. Papioannou uses marvelously specific examples, showing the beauty of nature and also the reasons the animals are doing what they do.
The art is fantastic, creating a modern and colorful vibe where each turn of the page is surprising. Readers quickly move from one animal to the next, from sun dapples to the brilliance of a red fox in a black cave, from a dragonfly near the lake to an owl still and hidden in the trees. The book is a series of discoveries, much like sitting in nature can be. An inviting look at nature and how it carries on whether you ar
e there or not. Appropriate for ages 3-5. (less)
Gorgeous! A book about the abundance of things happening in nature without our (human) notice because we are occupied with our own goings-on. The invite is to appreciate these wonders if we are "not away". (The silent invite is to have faith and gratitude that beauty and peace are happening even as we are not witnessing
them.) German author and Greek illustrator collaboration...just wonderful! ...more
A look at the wonders happening in nature while we are "away" or occupied. ...more
5 stars The colorful painting of the cover caught my eye, and I was intrigued by what the story could be. As I read the calming words I realized what a gift this story was. While You’re Away takes you deep into nature and the wondrous world around us. The illustrations are so relaxing and beautiful, the artist takes you on a gentle journey in nature. I enjoyed this captivating story and I will take the advice of the author and “keep still and quiet!” the next time I am out in the forest or by the ...more
So many things happen even when you aren't there to witness them. This was a lovely book that explores some of the many things that could be happening in nature at any given moment. It's sure to get little ones curious and excited about the world of nature that surrounds them. ...more
I don't love the Papyrus font, but the illustrations are vivid and beautiful, and I appreciate the thoughtful look into the events that occur around us in the natural world all the time, whether we are paying attention or not. (less)
This is a lovely book! It's a great one to share with a child before you head out on a hike, walk, or nature creep together. I love the way it celebrates life's everyday wonders--whether you're there to see them or not! ...more
Love the illustrations. The lyrical (I imagine) text suffered in translation and failed to engage me/child as readers. Very awkward phrasing at times which pulled even child out of the reading and visual experience. Slightly superficial designer pet peeve... why papyrus fo
nt? Answer unclear.
I'm guessing this is a translation? Or maybe it was originally written in English? Just curious...
In any event, a good read and a great choice for a mindfulness program for kids. ...more
fun art and a good inspiration to get back in nature
Gorgeous exploration of nature
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These illustrations are beautiful. Story about what happens all around us in nature when we are not paying attention.
Beautifully illustrated and a lyrical story about appreciating t
he gifts of nature and all that surrounds. us.
Eye-catching images paired with gorgeous word choice!
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