Jill and her grandfather love to venture beyond the walls of the village and enjoy the beauties of nature. They see animals, birds, and butterflies. They gather nuts and berries depending on the season, and they enjoy the wildness of the outdoors. But when the villagers plan to “improve” their gardens by expanding outside the village walls, Jill and her grandfather are worried that everything they love about the surrounding countryside will be lost. How can they convince the other villagers to appreciate and respect the wildness of nature?
I loved this sweet story! It has a positive message about respecting nature without being too preachy. I loved all the little details of the animals and plants in each scene. As the seasons change, Jill and her grandfather find something new to appreciate in the nature around them.
The plot is interesting and fun, but also very peaceful and thoughtful. You can really take your time reading this book, and stop to look at all the details in the background of the illustrations.
I love the beautiful artwork! The bright colors bring all the nature to life, and the soft art style is so beautiful and calming. Somehow this book gave me such a happy sunshiney feeling! I also love that the villagers are all very diverse people from all ages, ethnicities, abilities, and backgrounds.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.