The Collectors by Alice Feagan

With summer here I am like to encourage my kids to read new books. This summer one of the books I am encouraging my kids to read is The Collectors by Alice Feagan. The below was provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Guidelines.

About:

The Collectors by Alice Feagan (Kids Can Press; 5/4/21; ISBN: 978-1525302046; Hardcover $17.99; Ages 3-7; 32 pages).

Best friends Winslow (the fearless finder) and Rosie (a clever cataloguer) have been building an impressive collection of natural wonders in their tree house, and now it’s nearly complete! With just enough space left for one final piece, the girls set off into the forest to find something extraordinary. Their journey takes them far — along the creek, across the valley, through the spruce grove and up the mountain. While they find many exceptional things, nothing is quite right — a huge purple gem is too heavy, an underground dinosaur fossil too big, and anything they might find in a deep, dark cave turns out to be too hidden. However, when the girls head back to their tree house, they discover that the perfect finishing touch was under their noses — or perhaps above their heads — all along.

Bestselling creator Alice Feagan’s distinct cut-paper collages, “which are full of drama and detail, [and] give readers a sense of an expansive and largely exploration-friendly landscape” (Publishers Weekly), bring this fun quest story to life and pack it with learning opportunities. The story highlights that girls can be adventurous, brave, clever and fascinated by science, and also that the natural world is a wondrous place to explore. From the detailed depictions of the girls’ gear (including a two-page packing list in the back matter for kids to plan their own adventures: a map, a magnifying glass, and more) to the many portrayals of their incredible finds, there are numerous STEM curriculum applications here. The story also offers excellent character education lessons in perseverance, resilience and teamwork.

About the Author:

Alice Feagan is a children’s book creator known for her distinct cut-paper collage style. Her playful illustrations can be found in books such as School Days Around the World, magazines such as National Geographic Kids, educational products and games. The Collectors is her authorial debut. Alice lives with her family in the mountains of Edwards, Colorado.

My Thoughts:

My daughter enjoyed reading the book. She loved how the girls worked together to find the right piece for the collection. The illustrations were amazing and kept the attention of my five year old as my daughter read it to him. Overall I was very pleased with this book and think it’s perfect for teaching children how to work together and how to keep going and never give up without them actually knowing that’s what is happening.

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