I got this book imagining that it helped children wonder at the beauty of the natural world - wrong! My husband read it first and was taken aback by the book's negative message. The little girl does indeed visit the jungle, the mountains, the ocean, the rivers, and the colourful illustrations do show a wonderful range of creatures there, but in every single place: "What do I see? I think I see a wolf / polar bear / snake / crocodile chasing after me." And the illustrator duly shows some hideous fiersome creature, teeth bared, chasing the terrified-looking girl on every other page. So if you want a book where the moral is that the natural world is scary, dangerous, and best avoided, then this is the book for you. If you want a positive book that helps inspire your child to be enthusatic and curious about the natural world, then look elsewhere. (Besides this, the text is minimal and repetitive, missing the opportunity to teach the words to match the lovely range of creatures shown in the pictures.)
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25 June 2014