Book review: Wake Up!, by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder

Frost, Helen. Photographs by Rick Lieder. Wake Up! Candlewick Press, 2017.ISBN 9780763681494. $15.99. UNP. PreK-3. P5 Q8

Wake Up! is an inquisitive poem comprised of words and wildlife photographs. Each photograph is joined by one half of a sometimes-rhyming couplet. Helen Frost has previously published three books with a similar formula, also working with Rick Lieder. This newest one continues the “nature from a different perspective” theme of the series by including unusual shots of animals that are not likely to be observed by the hobbyist hiker or bird-watcher. This particular book would not be broadly recommended if not for the inclusion of additional information about each featured plant and animal. After the poem, a thumbprint of each photograph is followed by each organism’s name and a brief fact. This addendum greatly improves the usefulness of the book.

Verdict: Like the three previous books in the series, the photographs are very good. Though not the favorite in the series, this book would be a good addition to a nature lesson or poetry lesson in a PreK- 1st grade classroom.

September 2017 review by Lillian Curanzy.

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