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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51655794-while-you-re-away


Tasha rated it really liked it




Shelves: picture-books

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)

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Nov 27, 2020Elizabeth rated it it was amazing

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

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Feb 10, 2021Brandon Khan rated it really liked it

3.5

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Nov 05, 2020Tracie rated it really


liked it

Shelves: picture-books

A look at the wonders happening in nature while we are "away" or occupied. ...more

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Mar 31, 2021Flossmoor Public Library (IL) rated it it was amazing

Shelves: picture-books

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

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Nov 28, 2020Emma M. rated it it was amazing

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



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Mar 13, 2021Panda Incognito rated it really liked it

Shelves: picture-books, read-in-2021

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)



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Jan 11, 2021Linda rated it really liked it

Shelves: picture-books, great-read-alouds

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



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Apr 07, 2021Adriana rated it liked it

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.

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Dec 14, 2020Jj rated it really liked it

Shelves: books-for-children, picture-books

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

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Jan 16, 2021Charlotte Cassidy rated it really liked it

fun art and a good inspiration to get back in nature

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Nov 16, 2020Y.Poston added it

Gorgeous exploration of nature

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Feb 19, 2021Pinky rated it really liked it

Shelves: picture-books

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Oct 15, 2020Christine rated it really liked it

These illustrations are beautiful. Story about what happens all around us in nature when we are not paying attention.

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Dec 24, 2020Marianne Tabner rated it it was amazing

Beautifully illustrated and a lyrical story about appreciating t


he gifts of nature and all that surrounds. us.

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Mar 25, 2021Dedra rated it it was amazing

Eye-catching images paired with gorgeous word choice!

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