By Justine Avery
Publisher: Suteki Creative
Date Reviewed: January 29, 2020
Release Date: April 8, 2020
Award-winning author Justine Avery has teamed up with Ukrainian watercolor artist and interior designer Liuba Syrotiuk to create the children's book What Wonders Await Outdoors. Justine Avery and Liuba Syrotiuk have created a book that is a joy to read.
It tells the tale of children discovering the wide, wonderful outdoors. Throughout the short story, kids are reminded to slow down and look around. There are a lot of sights to see that are easily missed if you don't pay attention to your surroundings. Look up, down, and all around. You never know what you'll discover next.
Justine Avery's writing rhymes and flows, making it easy for kids to follow along. Liuba Syrotiuk's watercolor illustrations are bright and cheerful. They are the perfect accompaniment to the story.
Children's imaginations will light up when they see what exciting wonders could be waiting for them on the other side of their front door. All they have to do is step outside.
What Wonders Await Outdoors encourages kids to get outside and play and to see what adventures they can find. It asks the question "What wonders of The Great Outdoors have you found?" Parents might be surprised at their children's answers. After all, they have just discovered a whole new world away from their toys and video games.
This is not only a book for kids but also adults. Children aren't the only ones that forget there is an exciting world right outside their front door. What Wonders Await Outdoors reminds everyone to take time for exploration, adventure, and play. It can be just as important for adults as children.
It is a story about courage and curiosity. You have to be brave to leave your familiar toys and games behind. Kids can feel just like the early explorers. Everything is new, interesting and exciting. There are plenty of mysterious things to find outside, all ready for kids to inspect. This applies to readers of any age. It is also a book about compassion and acceptance. After all, every living thing deserves to enjoy the day.
What Wonders Await Outdoors is a fun and inspiring story. Highly recommended to inspire kids with an appreciation of nature.
By the time you are finished reading the story, you'll be excited to have an adventure and see what's out there for you to discover.
"What wonders of The Great Outdoors have you found?"
Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can't even predict herself.
Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She's intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final "job"—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she's never looked back.
Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says "eh"—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.
Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say "hello"—or konnichiwa.
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