Forest Baby, a 2018 release from Canada-based Orca Book Publishers, showcases the profound simplicity of a walk through the forest with a child.
Robinson’s illustrations are dynamic, indicating movement on each page–a baby’s hand dipping into a pond of fish, the spray of lake foam grazing the hands of the mother and child, the butterflies that “shimmy and dip”.
Elmquist’s poetic descriptions of this gentle and calm outing into nature are sighs of relief in an age of screen distractions for children.
Forest Baby by Laurie Elmquist, illustrated by Shantala Robinson
2018 Orca Book Publishers