Step Gently Out is another of my favorite books from 2012. This poem by Helen Frost invites readers to "Step gently out, be still, and watch a single blade of grass." It asks you to look at the little things: an ant, a honeybee, a moth, and a spider. And as you contemplate those little things, breathtaking photography by Rick Lieder grabs your attention. A pink and yellow moth, a spider dropping from a web highlighted with droplets of dew, and a brightly patterned yellow jacket all take on a quiet importance in full-bleed photos that bring nature up-close.
Everything about this book works in harmony, from a perfectly-chosen font to end papers that feel like the beginning and ending of day. Even the dark green metallic lettering on the pale green spine is beautiful. More information about each of the insect featured is included at the end.
Step Gently Out
by Helen Frost
photographs by Rick Lieder
published by Candlewick Press