Continuing the theme is renewal and outdoors in this Spring’s new releases, My Forest is Green by Darren Lebeuf and Ashley Barron is an artistic exploration of an urban forest.
Using descriptive, lyrical language, Darren Lebeuf paints a picture of the child’s forest describing it’s colours, sounds, textures and sights. Using art, the narrator tells the reader all about his/her forest. My Forest is Green is a beautiful introduction to art techniques and forest features, encouraging children to get out and describe their own forests. Perhaps you live in a rural setting and have forests around you. What do your forests look like, feel like, sounds like. Maybe you live in an urban setting, how can you bring the forest to you and how would you describe it to another person.
Brilliantly illustrated by Ashley Barron, the words come to life on the pages and the reader is left with a myriad or different artistic ideas to create their own forest. You will love all of the different ideas to come from the words and illustrations and will come back to this book again and again for fresh inspiration. Ashley Barron cleverly uses collage, watercolour, acrylic and pencil crayon to illustrate the forest creating the opportunity to derive inspiration and positive energy. If you can’t go forest bathing, this book is the next best thing and may inspire you to create your own forest, wherever you live. Anyone from Toronto will get a feel of our own urban forest under the Don Valley Parkway and will see their own urban living situation reflected in the illustrations.