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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Day We Went to the Park by Linda Stephen and Christine Manno takes readers on a wonderful trip to the park where they can hear the crunching sound of the gravel while walking. They see a squirrel searching for an acorn and they see bushy-tailed squirrels scurrying to and fro. They also see a butterfly, four inchworms, and a honeybee. There are inchworms scaling the purple feathery flower and they see ladybugs while looking for slippery slugs. Readers can listen to the pine needles whispering in the trees and there is so much one can do in the park. There is a lake and there is a sailing camp having a race. The day in the park is a perfect day for young readers.
The story is fun and filled with excitement and adventure. What makes the book unique is it teaches readers to become aware of their surroundings and to appreciate nature. The pictures are all original origami artwork by the author and there are instructions at the end of the book for youngsters on how to fold a caterpillar and create their own artwork. That makes the pictures in the story visually appealing and introduces readers to a different form of art in an engaging way. The story teaches readers to slow down and practice mindfulness and teaches them about origami. Going to the park will be different for readers after reading this book. The Day We Went to the Park by Linda Stephen and Christine Manno is a good book for tutors and parents to use for read-aloud and storytelling sessions because of its concept and teaching them about paper art in an entertaining and interactive way.