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Title:
Fort-building time

Fort building time
Title:
Fort-building time
Publisher Info:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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"Winter, spring, summer, fall. Each season brings new materials to make the perfect fort. From leaves to snow, from mud to sand, there is a different fort throughout the year. As a group of friends explore and build through the seasons, they find that every fort they make is a perfect fort."-- Amazon.com.
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Grab your blankets and pillows! From the creators of Finding Wild, a new picture book that follows the changing of the seasons and is as cozy as a fort.
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Winter, spring, summer, fall. Each season brings new materials to make the perfect fort. From leaves to snow, from mud to sand, there is a different fort throughout the year. As a group of friends explore and build through the seasons, they find that every fort they make is a perfect fort.
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From the team behind Finding Wild , which Publishers Weekly called oa sparkling debuto and a owhimsical meditation on the idea of wildness,o Megan Wagner Lloyd and Abigail Halpin are together again for a portrayal of a classic childhood endeavor that is perfect all year long.


Author Notes

Megan Wagner Lloyd lives in Washington, D.C., with her family. She loves hiking in the woods and exploring on the beach. Finding Wild was her first book. Visit Megan at meganwagnerlloyd.com.

Abigail Halpin grew up in Maine and spent her summers camping with her family. Her previous picture books include Bella's Rules by Elissa Haden Guest and Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd. She has also illustrated many beautiful covers for novels. She lives in New Hampshire. Visit her at theodesign.com and follow her on Instagram at @abigailhalpin.


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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This colorful tribute to the perennial childhood occupation of fort-building follows a group of children through the seasons as they use materials at hand to create cozy private spaces. Lloyd uses hyphenated adjectival participles to create a rhythmic description of each season. Winter is "snowball-throwing, scarf-wrapping, sled-pulling, ice-sliding time"-reminding readers that each time of year is a perfect "fort-building" too. Winter's garlanded igloo is replaced by a bedsheet and blanket tent in the woods. It is followed by a driftwood and beach towel lean-to that gives way to a hut covered with branches and leaves, and ends with a near-catastrophe as a pet dog "helps out." Engaging with their natural environment and with one another in the building process, children can also use creativity, critical thinking, and teamwork. Halpin's sweet, detailed watercolor-and-pencil drawings of a diverse group of friends enjoying the outdoors and working together will encourage readers to see the potential in their own environments. Linguistic and narrative parallels reinforce a sense of movement and activity and create opportunities for word work. At a time when more children look to screens for their fun, this book might remind them to look around instead. VERDICT Use in the classroom for fun project-based learning, or at home with your sheets and couch cushions. Recommended.-Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

When is the best time for fort building? Any time, any season, as explained in this zestful picture book. After all, forts can be made of almost anything: sticks, trees, snow, quilts, pillows. In the winter, children build igloos and snowmen; in spring, it's a tablecloth over a string tied to two trees to keep off the rain. Summer? That's driftwood on a big rock in the sand. And in fall, the children climb into a treehouse complete with a basket on a rope. A diverse group of smiling children occupy each page as they engage in the fun activities of each season. Food is seasonal, too: hot cocoa, tea, hot dogs, hot soup. The busy pages show children skiing, squishing in the mud in the rain, drawing pictures and reading books, swimming, hunting for shells, writing poems, and hiking on trails. Ebullient illustrations in watercolor and colored pencils invite readers to get busy building. The delightfully detailed, colorful double-page spreads spur imagination and enthusiastically embrace fun.--Gepson, Lolly Copyright 2017 Booklist