Early Book Review: The Golden Glow by Benjamin Flouw, Translated by Christelle Morelli, Susan Ouriou

The Golden Glow is a picturebook by Benjamin Flouw, translated into English by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou. It is currently scheduled for review on May 15 2018. Fox loves nature. There's nothing he enjoys more than reading about and picking flowers. One evening, he comes across a rare specimen in his old botany book -- the golden glow, a plant from the Wellhidden family, found only in the mountains, a plant that has yet to be described. Fascinated, Fox decides to set off on a quest in search of the mysterious golden glow. He packs his knapsack, a map, a compass, a flashlight, a sleeping bag and other items for his hike. Along the way, Fox observes many different kinds of trees and plants. He also encounters woodland friends who help him make it to the summit of the mountain. But when Fox eventually stumbles upon the object of his quest, he makes a surprising decision.

The Golden Glow is a picturebook that offers some nonfiction information inside the story of Fox's search for the mysterious flower. I found the plant identification and other nature information be be well incorporated into the story without making it feel like a lesson. I learned a few things, and think it will capture the attention of younger readers as well.   I also like how prepared Fox is for his hunt, and how the book might be used to help young readers get excited for and prepared for nature walks, hikes, and other expeditions of their own. I found the fact that Fox consulted others, and was willing to both ask for and accept help, to be great- so often this idea is ignored. The art was stylized,  the digital painting and hand painted textures looking more like the paper cut out art than the digital work I have come to expect lately. I liked the effect, and think it worked nicely with the story. The attention to detail and precise nature of the plant, tree, and other nature themed identification was fantastic. I think this book might inspire a new generation to explore, investigate, and observe the natural world and to appreciate it. 

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