By: Alice Feagan
Published: May 4, 2021
Publisher: Kids Can Press
In her debut picture book for kids, Alice Feagan’s dedication fits perfectly with her story. She writes…
“For my parents,
who gave me a childhood filled with winding trails, cool creeks and blue mountains to explore.”Alice Feagan
Isn’t that the idyllic childhood we all wanted for ourselves and for our children? I remember exploring the woods around our farm looking for mushrooms among the trees, minnows in the creek, or in the fall, looking for that perfect leaf. Winslow and Rosie are best friends who have a wonderful treehouse full of their favorite collections from nature. Winslow is good at finding things and Rosie is best at cataloging and journaling their finds. They make a great team and have amassed a large collection of plants, bugs, feathers, mushrooms, and rocks.
But, there is one spot left to fill on the shelf. Both girls feel like it needs to be something really special and extraordinary. So, they gather up their supplies and head out on their adventure. At the end of the day, after searching high and low and finding things too big or too heavy or too far away, they return to their treehouse to find something special has been there all along.
Feagan’s paper collage illustrations give almost a 3D feel to the pages. The color scheme evokes a woodsy and nature-like feel to the story. I love that Winslow has red hair which I feel gives her extra spunk. When the girls are out on their adventure and come across something neat that the girls can’t quite collect, large word bubbles say things like TOO HEAVY! or TOO HIGH! so even young toddlers can be part of the story, reading along after a few times through.
This picture book will encourage your child to explore and find all the special things in their area too. They may just make their own collection and beg you to build them their very own treehouse.
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. For more, check out her website, HERE.