- Kathleen Hughes
It all begins in late winter when Matt finds a bubbling stream in an abandoned “pit” in the woods. From there, three friends, Matt, Pablo, and Katie, clear debris and build a dam, creating a large pond. Winter leads to spring, in which the children spend time building a boat to row on the pond. In summer, their lazy days are filled with climbing trees, discovering rocks, and enjoying the freedom of childhood. When winter rolls around again, the pond freezes over and all the neighborhood children have a place to skate. To read Pond, by Jim LaMarche, is to experience creativity, exploration, and the payoff of hard work. Each picture is a snapshot of the children enjoying nature through the seasons, all through the lens of the pond.
LaMarche’s illustrations exude nostalgia of childhood for adults and encourage the exploration of the outdoors in children. This book is a treasure to be enjoyed by all ages. For additional children’s books that beautifully exhibit nature, consider other titles illustrated by Jim LaMarche, such as The Raft or Winter Is Coming (written by Tony Johnston). And don’t forget about the library’s Adventure Packs if you want to explore the outdoors on your own!