Four very young children have different aspects of childhood:catching worms, splashing in puddles, and collecting bouquets of flowers. When it's time to go home, their mother sees that their bodies are covered with dirt and grime. Fortunately, she knows that the mess is not as important as the smiles on their faces and the memories they've made together.
Mary McKenna Siddals' Bringing the Outside In gently reminds readers of the importance of exploration, the joys of being 'in the moment', and our need to be truly carefree. A wonderful "it's good to be a kid" story with a diverse set of characters is a plus.
PreK- 2nd grade.