Follow Me Into the Woods by Amy Laundrie, illustrated by Abira Das. Published by Pen It! Publications, LLC in the U.S.A, 2020.
Paris is hesitant when Oliver suggests they hike into the woods. She’s afraid of snakes and wonders if there could be a mountain lion nearby. But Oliver reassures her that it’s safe: “Granddaddy knows where we’re hiking, and it won’t get dark for a couple hours yet. I’ll grab a picnic supper and the binoculars. We’ll need them for the surprise.”
Encouraged by the promise of a picnic, Paris consents to the adventure. When they discover a garter snake, Oliver reassures her there are no rattlers. Paris also worries about possible hunters and jumps when she hears a woodpecker. But Oliver is patient and explains what every noise is. She is pleasantly surprised when a chickadee nearly brushes her shoulder.
In the end, Paris spots something she wants to share with Oliver and now she is the one saying, “Follow me.”
Into the Woods is a sweet introduction to nature for the young child. The illustrations are kid friendly and will undoubtedly encourage little ones to point out details in the pictures. Amy, a retired teacher, has created a final page, Fun Facts About Woodland Creatures which has some simple facts about the animals mentioned. She also has a rich assortment of activities and several different author visit opportunities for all ages, including adults at her website. It is definitely worth a visit whether you’re a parent or a teacher.