Published September 13th 2016 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
(Seriously - thank you again for that entire day, Simon and Schuster. It was an unforgettable experience.)
So it was with a certain amount of eagerness that I delved into Pond. Not surprisingly, I was blown away by just how beautiful a story this turned out to be.
Without preamble, LaMarche introduces us to Matt, Katie and Pablo, who realize that a pit in their house used to be a pond. With a bit of hard work and ingenuity, they damn up the pit, so it becomes a working pond again. From there, the three young people enjoy watching the pond as it transforms through the seasons...
There's a certain feeling of wistfulness in LeMarche's book, which can partially be attributed to the fact that it's based on his childhood experiences growing up in Wisconsion. But part of it is also likely due to the fact that with our technology-ladden society, it's not that common for young people like Matt, Katie and Pablo, to spend time outside anymore.
But with the latter in mind, LeMarche's book actually becomes more important than ever. As we travel through the seasons with the trio, we see how they delight in the changing world around them, and are pushed to enjoy their world by taking on new hobbies, challenging themselves, and even learning to interact with the animals around them. Young readers will likely be inspired to follow in their footsteps, and try and recreate their many adventures.
With LeMarche's breathtaking artwork bringing the entire world to life, this is a book that should and must be on every shelf. Highly recommend, full stop.
About the author:
Jim LaMarche is one of the most talented artists working in children’s books today. His many successful books include Rainbabies by Laura Kraus Melmed and Albertby Donna Jo Napoli, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and Up and Raft, which he also wrote. Most recently he illustrated The Carpenter’s Gift by David Rubel. Jim lives in Santa Cruz, California.