Once upon another time, the world was young and new. If you want to know this world, there's something you can do... With sweeping landscapes and up-close details of the natural world, Once Upon Another Time takes readers through a lyrical exploration of the world as it was before humans made their mark. Contrasting the past with the present, this expansive picture book serves as a warm invitation for children--and all people--to appreciate, explore, and protect the magic and wonder of this planet we call home. Written by award-winning authors Charles Ghigna and Matt Forrest Esenwine, and illustrated by Andrés F. Landazábal, Once Upon Another Time is a stunning portrait of a world that used to exist, and can still be found--if you just know where to look.
“Beautiful images of long ago come together with lyrical text to transport readers to a past that is almost forgotten but that we would benefit to remember…a necessary addition to picture-book collections.” --ALA's Booklist
"Ghigna and Esenwine provide a vehicle to ferry young readers back to a time when the wonders of nature called to them more powerfully than any computer screen ever could. Once Upon Another Time's glorious poetry and paintings are a perfect pairing." --Nikki Grimes, author of One Last Word and Garvey's Choice
"A beautiful, lyrical tribute to the wonder and hush of the natural world, matched by lush, painterly illustrations of wide-open spaces. Once Upon Another Time is sure to inspire children to leave their screens behind and 'take a step outside,' breathe the same air that was 'once shared by dinosaurs,' and imagine where the wind has been." --Diana Murray, author of City Shapes and Summer Color!
"In Once Upon Another Time, the reader is transported to a world where we can "breathe the air that once was shared by monstrous dinosaurs!" With lyrical language and fresh images, Ghigna and Esenwine invite the reader to imagine -- and then go out and experience -- that natural world full of 'canyon walls,' 'sunny fields,' and 'passing clouds' --timeless wonders of our planet." --Dr. Sylvia Vardell, professor, Texas Woman's University and poetry anthologist, A World Full of Poems
"Words and pictures work beautifully together to encourage young readers to look up and behold something bigger than all of us. Ghigna and Esenwine have created a rhyming book that is smooth and enjoyable to read out loud. Landazabal fills the cheerful, retro-feel illustrations with lots of details, as well as interesting tones and textures, that encourage the viewer to linger rather than turn the page." --Brian Lies, author and illustrator of Bats on the Beach and The Rough Patch
"Part lullaby, part serenade, the text croons a sensorial tribute to the simple wonders of our natural world, nudging readers to notice, explore, and savor the 'young and new in every day.'" --Lee Wardlaw, author of Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
"Once Upon Another Time is timely and playfully crafted--a beautiful book that I can't wait to read to the grandkids." --Eileen Spinelli, author of Love You Always and Thankful
"Vivid colors and gorgeous landscapes interweave with poetic prose as we all yearn for the wild, fresh freedom of another time." --Fred Koehler, illustrator of Flashlight NightandWhat If, Then We and author/illustrator of Garbage Island.