A Park Connects Us

Owlkids. Mar. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781771474504.
PreS-Gr 2–In the middle of a city, an inviting green park full of paved paths, trees, flowers, benches, and playground structures hosts people of all ages and abilities, in addition to pets and wildlife; one bird’s-eye view shows a squirrel, a raccoon, birds, a fox, and two dogs, as well as people. The text is full of active verbs, highlighting all of the things a park can do: “A park touches us and teaches us, inspires and unleashes us.” One minus—although it’s a lovely idea, a park does not “march for equality.” However, people do: walking, rolling, holding signs, holding hands. This ode to the value of city parks will inspire readers to think about what their parks are like, and all the ways that people and animals use them. Back matter includes more information on the history and importance of city parks.
VERDICT Like Charlotte Zolotow’s wonderful The Park Book, this book showcases the inclusivity of parks in loving detail; a good choice for story time, one-on-one, or classroom projects.

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