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Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite
Simple and sweet, that is neat. A young girl looks out her window and what does she see? Flowers and rain and a bird in a tree. Outside Your Window, written by Terri Kelley and illustrated by Josefina Tecson, is a sweet treat. The story all takes place with the dark-haired girl at her window, looking out and discovering the world. She sees the daily changes in the weather, the four seasons, the buzz of a bee on the window, and a curious puppy looking in. This story has stanzas of poetry with easy rhymes so it reads a little like a song. Even young girls can have their own window on the world and experience the colorful landscape. The background for the text has a pretty assortment of large, lacey, rose-colored snowflakes.
Author Terri Kelley writes the text from the girl's point of view. There is a fanciful depiction of Mother Nature who appears as a sort of fairy or garden angel. But most people, places, or things outside the girl's window are real and natural. The author's dedication to her friend Jenny Wheeler makes a nice introduction to the story. Ms. Wheeler is a school counselor so she may be able to see things from a kid's perspective. The illustrations match nicely with the poetry, and there is a full range of colors which fill in the drawings' black outlines. The illustrations are child-like and that goes along with the innocent wonder the girl may feel as she observes and appreciates nature in all her glory.