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Bathing in the forest
Uniform Title:
Baño de bosque. English
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
"Original title in Spanish: Un Baño de bosque; English translation by Jon Brokenbrow"--Page facing title page
As people walk through the forest, the little girl of the forest offers support to those in need, encouraging them to connect with the trees and recharge with nature's peaceful beauty


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A beautiful story about connecting to nature and the concept of Forest Bathing

The little girl of the forest embraces you, takes you by the hand, and invites you to immerse yourself in her magical world. The trees surround you. You walk in peace. The light filters through the leaves, in myriad green and ochre tones. It feels as if your feet are putting down roots, connecting you with the vibrant world around you. You are surrounded by birdsong,and the sound of the wind in the treetops . . . You are bathing in the forest.

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Sumérgete en la naturaleza, aquieta tu mente y experimenta un BAÑO DE BOSQUE. Un hermoso libro con actividades para descargar y realizar con los niñ@s disfrutando del contacto con la naturaleza. La niña del bosque te abraza, te tiende la mano y te sumerge en la naturaleza. Los árboles te rodean. Caminas con tranquilidad. Percibes ese olor inconfundible de la tierra y sientes que formas parte de la vida. Estás disfrutando de un baño de bosque. Pasear por un bosque tiene múltiples beneficios. Ayuda a regular nuestra presión arterial, ralentizar el ritmo cardiaco, reducir el estrés, mejora nuestro estado anímico y tonifica nuestro sistema inmunitario. Dormirás mejor y aumentará tu buen humor. Si alguna vez te sientes gris, triste, agitado... abre las páginas de UN BAÑO de BOSQUE y siente el cálido abrazo de la nińa que allí habita... Las primeras páginas:

Author Notes

Award winning illustrator Nívola Uyá has a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science. Her illustrations have featured in more of a dozen children's picture books published in English, Spanish, Catalan and Swahili. She has won several international awards: First Prize of Illustration of the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, 2007. Winner of the Silver medal to the Best illustrator at the Moonbeam Children Book Awards 2013. First Prize in Living Now Awards, 2014 or Best illustrated Picture Book at the International Latino Book Awards 2015 among others.

Author Marc Ayats is an environmentalist specialized in harnessing the therapeutic potential of natural spaces. Environmental awareness, therapeutic walks in nature and eco-social gardens are some of the projects he promotes. He is an explorer of skills, techniques and knowledge based on simple elements such as mud, wood or fire.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1--4--It is easy to lose track of oneself amidst the demands of the world, but luckily, there is someone who can lead the way. The little girl of the forest cares for the plants and animals that reside there, observing the people who venture in and out. Often, these people are lost, appearing gray and lifeless. After bathing in the forest, however, they reemerge with a newfound sense of calm and wellbeing. Father, mother, and son find their way into the embrace of the forest, transforming their drab lives to ones of vibrant color. This story speaks to the importance of forest conservation in both story and presentation; it has received the coveted Cradle to Cradle certification for its ecologically intelligent design. The images travel from endpaper to endpaper, utilizing texture and color to bring the story to life. Poetic text guides readers through the narrative, beautifully translated from its original Spanish. Some pages are entirely devoid of text, speaking volumes through visuals alone. Finally, a list of ideas for engaging with nature is accessible through a hyperlink on the inside back cover. VERDICT This exemplary, environmentally conscious book reminds readers of the importance of outdoor spaces and taking efforts to preserve them.--Mary Lanni, formerly at Denver Public Library

Publisher's Weekly Review

A green-clad child, "the little girl of the forest," presides over a surreal wood populated by pink squirrels: "Submerged deep in the shadows of the trees, I watch the people who walk through my home. I welcome them all with a loving embrace." She greets several gray figures, inviting each to "bathe in the forest": Mr. Grayshadow, who is "full of loneliness"; Mrs. Graystone, who "is frightened... as if a great weight were bearing down upon her soul"; and a nervous little boy, "the youngest of the Graystone family." As each spends time amid the trees, color and contentment return to them. The volume's concluding meditation only partly clarifies what a "forest bath" is--the Japanese practice of walking in the woods to lift the spirits is trending in self-help pop culture--something that may prove confusing for readers. Uyá's illustrations are notable for their mix of delicate, folkloric detail with stylized exaggerations. Ages 4--8. (Mar.)

Kirkus Review

Readers who are "feeling gray" are encouraged to come into the forest.A rose-cheeked child in green, leaf-patterned clothes and bare feet calls herself "the little girl of the forest," welcoming those who enter her domain. In succession, a man, woman, and boy walk through the forest, all troubled in their own ways. The girl invites each one "to bathe in the forest," and each finds relief in the embrace of nature. It's unclear exactly what a forest "bath" entails until the end of the narrative, when the little girl encourages readers to relax and open their senses to the natural healing experience found in wooded areas. Whether the girl is a forest sprite or human is unclear, though her efforts to share her passion for natural spaces are equally valid with either interpretation. Uy paints a fanciful atmosphere with organic shapes and selective background details. The visitors, all family members, are rendered all in gray shades until they accept the young girl's invitation, then they burst into color. (Their surnames differ slightly: either Grayshadow or Greystone; this inconsistency will plague some young listeners.) The art's various green hues and pops of color must compete with the stark white backgrounds, which do overpower at times. Appended is a link to a downloadable booklet with activities "to immerse yourself in nature," such as doing texture rubbings or following a wandering insect.Ultimately insubstantial, though its heart's in the right place. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Uyá and Ayats' vibrant tale introduces readers to the guardian of the forest, depicted here as a young girl who looks out not only for the flora and fauna of her realm but also for the human visitors who happen to wander through. Uyá's illustrations brim with love and life, making quite noticeable the stark contrast between the colorful little girl, plants, and animals and the monochromatic people who walk aimlessly by, dejected, uninspired, and unhappy. The little girl helps these visitors by introducing them to the lively beauty of the forest, and soon these "gray" characters are also bathing in the wonders of the natural world. The translated language here is poetic and eloquent, though it will most likely soar over the heads of younger readers. But the intricate, colorful illustrations are sure to keep them enthralled as the forest guardian spreads love and light, welcoming all to her world.