Atkinson, Cale. Explorers of the Wild. New York: Disney Hyperion, 2016. 978-148472340-1. Unpaged. $16.99. Gr. PreK-1.
A bespeckled brown boy and a cuddly-looking brown bear have a favorite activity in common: Exploring! Their stories parallel, each individually discovering the same love of nature. When they encounter something unexpected (each other) they become nervous for the first time. But differences lead to similarities, and both the boy and the bear find they have the same passion. They adventure together and find that a shared experience is a deeper one. When it is time to go home, they are fast friends. THOUGHTS: A great book for the nature lover about being the same and different all at once. It’s fun for children to pick out the tools the boy has (snacks, flashlight) and how the bear has comparable ones (berries and nuts, fireflies).
Picture book Emily Woodward, The Baldwin School