You are Home: An Ode to the National Parks by Evan Turk is an amazing picture book that boarders on an art book that captures the feelings, places, colors, animals and people of the national parks of the United States.
It is a poetic story that has the reader flow across the pages seeing what makes the wild of the parks wild, bold and free. The authors afterwards cover not only the authors own personal journey and connection to the national parks he has had since he was a child, but about the parks themselves along with a map where each one mentioned is located.
Officially due any day now, Turk’s breathtaking paintings and soothing and soaring text show you the country from Maine to Hawaii. His art is bold, deep, powerful, cool, smooth and soft, colorful. Filled with shadows and light in the perfect places. Details are everyplace, you only have to look closely. From the tiny chipmunk curled up, sleeping to the mighty sequoia towering over us all, pieces of our history and present mix together to create a book that stays with you after the book has ended. While not for the active child, per say, or the very young, this book could be used as a child and parent/adult reading time, or a classroom read-aloud.
You are Home can fit almost any occasion and be the perfect gift for adults or children. Birthdays, graduations, new babies, anniversaries and more will benefit from this gem of a book.