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Where Once There Was a Wood

Where Once There Was a Wood

Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming

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A powerful poem and stunning, handmade-paper art encourage children to protect nature.

"Where once there was a wood,
A meadow and a creek . . . "

Inspired by events in her own backyard, award-winning author and illustrator Denise Fleming creates a poignant yet hopeful portrait of our disappearing natural environment. The last pages of the book teach children how to make a more "creature friendly" backyard, including information about what types of food, trees and flowers attract different kinds of animals. Where Once There Was a Wood also includes an informative bibliography for budding environmentalists, and suggests various projects that families can do together.

American Library Association Notable Children's Books, PA Keystone to Reading Book Award, ALA Notable Children's Books

Praise for Where Once There Was a Wood

“Fleming's unique illustrative style provides an exciting backdrop to this distinctive, environmental picture book.” —School Library Journal

“Contains some of Fleming's most accomplished work ever. A beautiful call to arms.” —Publisher's Weekly

“A book that's as welcome as spring.” —Kirkus Reviews


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Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children's books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher's magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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