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A Walk in the Woods

By Diondra K. Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Stunning, artful, emotional take on loss and healing.

A Walk in the Woods book cover: Sketches over a watercolor painting show a Black boy in a red cap walking alone in a wooded area

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This is a truly touching book that serves as a wonderful tribute to Jerry Pinkney's work and legacy. Sadly, A Walk in the Woods was published after his death in 2021. But much to the author's surprise, the highly respected artist had already created the story's light sketches before his passing. The book contains a mesmerizing collaboration of art from Jerry and his son, Brian Pinkey. He was able to "carry the paintbrush forward" for his father, much like the main character in the story.

A Walk in the Woods is evocative for readers based solely on the moving narrative and art, but knowing its creation process was a form of healing and mourning for it's author and illustrator deepens the experience. The book also stands out for it's portrayal of a Black character spending time in nature and appreciating it's unique qualities and inhabitants. It's a stunning book that reminds us of the importance of staying close to the loved ones we've lost, of connecting with nature as a way of processing emotions, and of letting hope and joy in even when sadness overwhelms.

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