Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Maria Boston
Publisher: Outskirts Press
“I love grass. I learn so much by watching it change throughout the year. Grass grows in different places, and even changes its shade of green with the seasons,” Maria Boston writes in her children’s book, I Love Grass.
At twenty-four pages, this oversized paperback targets young children interested in nature, especially grass. With no scary or violent scenes, it is a good book for beginner readers in preschool to early elementary school as it contains only a few complicated words. While illustrations grace the left side of the page, a nicely-sized black font is on the right side, set against a white background with a few drawn blades of the plant. The designs are photographs of artwork done in yarns and natural fibers.
After a page to write in the owner of the book’s name, it is a compilation of the changes something as simple in nature as grass makes over a year’s season. Explaining grass is found at the park, school, flowerpots, yard, and fields, the writer describes its color of bright, new green in Spring and a deeper green in Summer to leaves falling on it in Fall and snow in Winter.
While grass appears to be very dark green at nighttime, bugs live in it year round. The author recalls how she does not live in the grass but enjoys lying on it where she can get a great view of the sky as the grass blades tickle her skin.
The pictures are interesting to any age group, including those who love to work with yarn as most of the designs are cut, knitted, knotted, looped and threaded using different colors and fibers. One can see a lot of time and concentration was put into creating the illustrations.
Although a short read and focusing strictly on grass, readers learn to be more observant of the uses and different colors throughout the seasons of this simple but valued plant. Anyone looking at its pages knows that the author loves grass and anything related to it, including making creative works of art depicting it. There are plenty of other things in nature that could be used in the same format for future books in a possible series.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reviewer’s honest opinion.