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As Maya Grows in the Natural World: Nature Opens A Path to a Magical Imagination

Patricia Ambinder

Maya and her friends delight in catching falling leaves, dancing to the music of swaying trees, and discovering other enchanting adventures that grow self-confidence and foster a love of nature.

The sounds of rippling streams seem to flow from the pages, and your fingertips can almost feel the texture of sticks, stones, and cones from the beautiful illustrations with stunning detail.

Imaginative rhymes-Paint a pumpkin with colors that splish-splash and swish-paired with insightful quotations for adults by known and unknown sources -The sea has a way of reminding us of our smallness, yet at the same time, our potential for greatness- teach nature's nurturing lessons of kindness, empathy, compassion, and the joy of curiosity.

Among the book's surprises is a red lotus flower, a symbol of resilience, hidden brightly, its bloom waiting to be found.

Through Maya's journey, children grow to understand that nature's gifts belong to everyone and that protecting them is our shared responsibility -Earth and Heart are spelled with the same letters.

Celebrate the wonder of the natural world brimming with flowers, apples, turtles, deer, ducks, birds, soil, streams, leaves and other open-air treasures!

Join Maya in the great fun she has outdoors on every page. This is the first element of A Green Smile Equation: Fun + Curiosity + Imagination + Learning = Care for Nature and the Environment.

She hopes you love reading her book under a tree, beneath the sky, or wherever you feel the happiest!

Book Details

  • Publisher: Patricia Ambinder
  • Publish Date: Dec 5th, 2023
  • Pages: 34
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 8.50in - 0.09in - 0.23lb
  • EAN: 9798988238553
  • Categories: Science & Nature - EnvironmentSocial Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-RelianceImagination & Play

About the Author

Soderberg, Kim: - Kim Soderberg is a Children's Book Illustrator with a personal and professional passion for helping children grow in kindness through visual storytelling. After her son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the importance of advocating for acceptance became a focal point in her work. Through portraying characters of all differences and abilities, she supports a culture where we all belong as we are in this world. Kim currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her graphic designer husband, Josh, and their three energetic children. She has a BFA in illustration from the Columbus College of Art Design and is an active member of SCBWI. When she is not illustrating, you can find her creating with Sculpey, exploring Lake Erie, or searching for a new succulent to add to her collection.
Ambinder, Patricia: - A writer of poetry and prose, Patricia Ambinder is a passionate social justice advocate with an avid curiosity to understand the complexities of the human experience. She appreciates the concise eloquence of quotations to nurture imagination and challenge thinking. For decades, Patricia held leadership positions on boards and councils, offering guidance and enhancing communications to strengthen community engagement on issues such as early childhood education, food security and peace and justice. She is an Honorary Life Member of the Board of Directors of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Patricia and her husband cherish time with their four children and extended family. It was her adored granddaughter Maya's fascination with leaves and delight in morning nature walks that inspired "As Maya Grows in the Natural World." Patricia loves watching birds, hearing the rustle of sea grapes and simply enjoying the outdoors.
Praise for this book

...a simple yet powerful story that will foster a love for nature in all young readers who share Maya's story... Beautiful illustrations and a profoundly beautiful story." 5 Stars - Readers' Favorite Book Review, November 9, 2023

"Ambinder's charming picture book for young children introduces readers to the joys of the natural world...This book succeeds in demonstrating the tremendous mental and emotional benefits nature holds for people of all ages." - BookLife Reviews, October 26, 2023

... invites readers, young and old, to pause and truly reflect on their surroundings. Using rich vocabulary, unconventional prose, and a great deal of poetic license, Ambinder helps expand perspectives on how everything we do, great or small, deserves our undivided attention.

"...Kim Soderberg's beautiful illustrations, the rich yet two-dimensional detail in every leaf and blade of grass, evoke the finesse of Mughal miniatures. She is not stingy with her palette, as even her portrayals of urban spaces are bursting with color. She has also added a diverse range of characters for readers to relate to among her beautiful scenery, interacting with the life-like flora and fauna. Many children will be able to see themselves in these pictures, and that's just one of the reasons AS MAYA GROWS IN THE NATURAL WORLD is so powerful." 4⭐⭐⭐⭐- IndieReader, October 25, 2023

"Simple text is paired with beautifully detailed and realistic artwork ...a lovely introduction to sustainability and the environment..." - The Children's Book Review, October 20, 2023

"Loved it...spotlights the value of playing outside while marveling at nature's beauty. It teaches kids to cherish everything around them... highlights the fun to be had in nature using a diverse cast of characters and spectacular illustrations... an absolute joy to read...." 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - by Super Kam Brook, Reedsy Discovery, October 3, 2023