by Jim Lamarche 

A loving portrayal of a never-forgotten connection with the natural world. Kirkus Reviews, starred review 
It s a powerful vision of making one s own wild place, with no special equipment or expenditure required. Publishers Weekly, starred review 
The joy of the seasons, the wonder of discovery, and the appreciation and respect for the natural world is at the heart of this book, drawn from the childhood of award-winning illustrator Jim LaMarche. 
When Matt is out for a late winter hike he sees a trickle of water in the old deserted and junk filled dirt pit at the edge of his neighborhood. With quiet appreciation, Matt can imagine the pond that must once have been there, shining in the early spring light, freezing in the winter for skating and the perfect place for swimming in the summer. 
Can Matt s discovery transform a forgotten pond to its natural wonder? With his idea of making the pond whole again, Matt rallies his friends, Katie and Pablo, and together they work through the spring, clearing debris, moving rocks to hold the water, and looking for leaks. But would there be enough water to fill the pond? Can they bring the pond back?"


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  • About The Author Jim LaMarche is one of the most talented artists working in children's books today. His many successful books include Rainbabies by Laura Kraus Melmed and Albert by Donna Jo Napoli, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and Up and Raft, which he also wrote. Most recently he illustrated The Carpenter's Gift by David Rubel. Jim lives in Santa Cruz, California. ISBN-13: 9781481447355 Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books Publish Date: September 2016 Page Count: 40 Reading Level: Ages 4-8 - Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Seasons - Social Themes - Friendship - Nature & the Natural World - General