True Nature (Hardcover)
In the tradition of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's "Gift from the Sea ," writer-illustrator Barbara Bash brings a spiritual awareness to her surroundings as she caringly records encounters with animals and plants during solitary walks around the countryside of upstate New York. In this four-color book designed to look like a one-of-a-kind hand-bound journal she creates the look and feel of a spontaneously composed diary chronicling her experiences and reflections during a series of solitary retreats. Her handwritten notes and exquisite drawings capture wondrous moments in the natural environment: a dragonfly's brief pause, a surprised deer in tall grass, woodchucks watching her from a distance, a raindrop making its way down a windowpane. Nature lovers, gardeners, and anyone who enjoys walking in the woods will recognize a kindred spirit and find hours of pleasure in these pages.
About the Author
Barbara Bash is the author and illustrator of a number of books on wildlife and natural history. She has worked for many years as a calligrapher and teacher of book arts and botanical drawing. Her books have been featured on "Reading Rainbow " and listed on the "Booklist" Editors' Choice, John Burroughs's List of Nature Books for Young Readers, the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, and the CBC-NSTA list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.