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Who’s in the Forest?

Author: Phillis Gershator

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ISBN: 9781846864766

Publisher: Barefoot Books

Binding: Board book

Year Distributed: 2012 - 2013

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Play

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A rhyming story told through playful, energetic rhyming text and colorful illustrations introduces all sorts of creatures that make their home in the forest. Small children are invited to peek through the portholes on every other page to answer the repeating refrain, "Who's in the forest, dark and deep?"


Age Group 18 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Beginning to explore books on their own
  • May recite familiar stories to dolls or stuffed animals
  • Hearing favorite books over and over
  • May finish sentences in favorite books if you pause

Your child’s memory is expanding and they may surprise you with knowing the words of some of your favorite books and songs. Finger plays can help them to remember the songs, too. This is a busy time of brain building for your little one and you may find that they want a lot of repetition with favorite songs, stories, and activities. They’re building their own ability to engage in these things independently, so when you’re exhausted and your toddler is saying “Again! Again!” know that you’re investing in their ability to enjoy learning on their own.

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 18-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your toddler!

Why did we select this book?

The bright, bold, colorful, and crowded illustrations of the forest drew us to this book from the first page. The repeated question of "Who's in the forest, dark and deep?" and the peek-a-boo hole that shows a glimpse of the answer make every page turn exciting. The peek-a-boo hole will not only give your child a place to explore with his fingers, but also a grip to help turn the page. These aspects will push a child through the book quickly, but all the detailed pages will certainly bring him back.


Book Acticity
Related Activities

This book repeats the question, “Who’s in the forest, dark and deep?” As your child grows with this book, they may know the answers. Let them guess, shout it out, or even point to the animal framed in the hole. Praise them each time he does this. They have answered a question or solved a problem, which is a very exciting part of their development. This is also a great book for your child to look at alone in between readings, as there is so much in the pictures to explore.


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