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Beneath (2023)

by Cori Doerrfeld (Author, illustrator)

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Finn is in a bad mood, so his grandfather takes him on a walk in the forest, and tells him about all the things that are beneath the surface of plants and animals--and even people.
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A little boy likes to hide under his cover. Everywhere he goes, he has the blanket over his head.

His astute grandfather does not tell him to get rid of the blanket, rather, he talks of nature and all that is "beneath.' In the forest, there are huge trees, and beneath them and large, thick roots that hold them to the earth. A boat out on the body of water sits on the top, but beneath are all kinds of fish, large ones, small ones and a diversity of color as well. High up in the tree is a mother bird sitting on her nest, beneath her are four eggs. A fox is digging the earth because underneath down in the dirt and small animals.

As his grandfather teaches him about beneath, he slowly takes the blanket that covered his body, and now his face, hands and legs are visable. And, the grandfather tells him that beneath something solid there also can be something hollow such as a raccoon family who nest at the bottom of the nook of the tree. Beneath, baby hatchlings are forming from seeds.

Finn sees a pregnant woman and asks if something can be beneath a person. Grandfather tells him that everyone is more than what you see.

And, his intelligent grandfather tells Finn that "beneath someone who looks like they won't understand (referencing himself in relation to Fiin,) is someone who knows exactly how you feel." The grandfather is letting Finn know that he does understand him and his need to hide. But now, Finn takes his blanket and gently puts it over his very special grandpa.

Finn is excited by his newfound discoveries. As they both climb and watch the stars, Finn broadly smiles and lets his grandfather know he understands they are both beneath the stars, and beneath the stars are two people who care about each other a lot. ( )
  Whisper1 | Dec 11, 2023 |
Thinking about the world in a different way .... ( )
  melodyreads | Aug 9, 2023 |
Absolutely love this. Made my heart so full. The slow removal of the blanket and then transference to his granddad is priceless. ( )
  Andy5185 | Jul 9, 2023 |
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