by Jim LaMarche
Simon and Schuster for Young Readers, 2016
Beautiful, quiet illustrations invite readers into the story as we follow a boy who explores an empty terrain. He comes upon water bubbling up and has an idea. He recruits his friends Matt and Kate and the three clean up the land, block off the water and form a pond. They fix up an old boat, learn about wildlife and minerals when Kate brings out her books. To celebrate summer’s end, they camp out, to celebrate fall they watch bird migrations, and in winter they ice skate. In spring they climb the nearby hills and discover the ponds true shape—and understand their passion for the pond. Illustrations in acrylics, colored pencils and inks bring a rich outdoor experience into the reader’s heart.