Any book that Mr. LaMarche illustrates I must read! His illustrations are exquisite.
One late winter/early spring, Matt visits an area which he and his sister and friend Pablo have dubbed "The Pit", and discovers a steady stream of water attempting to flow into it. He concludes that "The Pit" must have been a pond long ago. He, Katie (his sister) and Pablo spend the spring cleaning up the area, allowing the pond to refill. As the seasons progress, the children experience the benefits of their efforts and the reader witnesses the beautiful wildlife that frequents the pond.
This book displays the value of perseverance, work, and team work. It also reinforces that children can make a difference in this world.
I like how it celebrates children being outside, away from screens!! Our current generation of children will benefit from books like this one! So much awaits them outside, just a few steps away from their home.
-Borrowed from the library.