From a carrier, a baby peers out at the trail. Leaves rustle overhead, and a turtle stretches toward the sun. Everything shimmers with light, including the jeweled wings of a dragonfly and the star-shaped lilies. This delightful board book takes the reader on a hike accented by the soft sound of footsteps on the trail and grounded by the rhythmic rocking of mother and baby moving through the forest. Travel along on their serene journey with Laurie Elmquist’s lyrical verse and Shantala Robinson’s warmly painted collages. A beautiful book that will be treasured by anyone who loves the outdoors.
Laurie Elmquist holds an ma in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor in Ontario. She enjoys writing for kids and is the author of Beach Baby (2016) and Where’s Burgess? (2018) for Orca Book Publishers. She teaches at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, and is an online instructor at the University of Calgary in Alberta.
Shantala Robinson has been drawing voraciously since she was a child. She currently works in the field of illustration and graphic design, selling artwork and working on commissioned pieces. She draws and paints in a variety of styles but tends toward using multimedia to collage her pictures. Shantala is passionate about literature and travel, gaining inspiration from her exploration of strange and fantastic environments both fictional and real. She believes the world can be a wondrous and magical place, and tries to recreate that sense of adventure in her artwork. Shantala lives in New Westminster, British Columbia, with her husband and toddler son.