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In this deceptively simple storybook from award-winning author-illustrator Lizi Boyd, readers will delight in following a note's unexpected journey and encountering a cast of charming characters along the way. The spare text is filled with the kind of repetition and rhythm that make for a captivating read-aloud, while the humor and childlike cadence will engage readers who In this deceptively simple storybook from award-winning author-illustrator Lizi Boyd, readers will delight in following a note's unexpected journey and encountering a cast of charming characters along the way. The spare text is filled with the kind of repetition and rhythm that make for a captivating read-aloud, while the humor and childlike cadence will engage readers who are beginning to decipher books on their own. The brilliantly colored paintings share the gentleness of the text but also bring a joyous exuberance to this celebration of nature, curiosity, imagination, and friendship.


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In this deceptively simple storybook from award-winning author-illustrator Lizi Boyd, readers will delight in following a note's unexpected journey and encountering a cast of charming characters along the way. The spare text is filled with the kind of repetition and rhythm that make for a captivating read-aloud, while the humor and childlike cadence will engage readers who In this deceptively simple storybook from award-winning author-illustrator Lizi Boyd, readers will delight in following a note's unexpected journey and encountering a cast of charming characters along the way. The spare text is filled with the kind of repetition and rhythm that make for a captivating read-aloud, while the humor and childlike cadence will engage readers who are beginning to decipher books on their own. The brilliantly colored paintings share the gentleness of the text but also bring a joyous exuberance to this celebration of nature, curiosity, imagination, and friendship.

30 review for I Wrote You a Note: (Children's Friendship Books, Animal Books for Kids, Rhyming Books for Kids)

  1. 5 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    This is probably one of those books that you're either going to like or dislike based on your view of the illustrations. The story is kind of tiresome, with a bunch of creatures finding the note and using it for different things. I just wanted to know what the note said! (We find out at the end. It's not that exciting.) The illustrations are really stylized, and if you like them, you might like the book. But I thought they were kind of strange... and yet somehow boring. I just couldn't bring myse This is probably one of those books that you're either going to like or dislike based on your view of the illustrations. The story is kind of tiresome, with a bunch of creatures finding the note and using it for different things. I just wanted to know what the note said! (We find out at the end. It's not that exciting.) The illustrations are really stylized, and if you like them, you might like the book. But I thought they were kind of strange... and yet somehow boring. I just couldn't bring myself to care much about the story as a result. This is a "it's-not-you-it's-me" book. I didn't like it. But there's nothing objectively awful about it, so your mileage may vary.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    The young narrator of Lizi Boyd's I Wrote You a Note tracks her missive as various creatures, from a turtle to a snail, find and then discard her letter. What she really wants to know, however, is if her friend has received her invitation to play... I really loved Boyd's artwork here, with its subtle but appealing color palette, and its stylized animal characters. Although not particularly wowed by the narrative, I did find the repetitive structure, in which a series of animals each find the note The young narrator of Lizi Boyd's I Wrote You a Note tracks her missive as various creatures, from a turtle to a snail, find and then discard her letter. What she really wants to know, however, is if her friend has received her invitation to play... I really loved Boyd's artwork here, with its subtle but appealing color palette, and its stylized animal characters. Although not particularly wowed by the narrative, I did find the repetitive structure, in which a series of animals each find the note and attempt to use it in different ways, interesting, and think it might engage younger children. I also liked the engagement with the natural world that is highlighted throughout. I was on the fence with this one, regarding rating, but I upped it to three stars, because I enjoyed the visuals so much, and because I think other readers might make more of the text than I did.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jamila

    I love this book because Boyd's illustrations are delightful, simple, and thought-provoking. It can be used in so many ways. Related activities include nature walks, letter writing, paper sculpture and origami, and animal habitats.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nidofito

    Very cute. Introduces wildlife, friendships, and adventuring!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy Layton

    Chronicle Books always publishes the cutest books with the best illustration styles, and I Wrote You a Note is no exception!  Following the path of a note from its writer to its recipient, this book uses fun rhymes and cadences as well as a lively cast of characters.  This book would be perfect for the child who likes a repetitive story structure, and the child who loves looking for clues to see what will happen next! Review cross-listed here! Chronicle Books always publishes the cutest books with the best illustration styles, and I Wrote You a Note is no exception!  Following the path of a note from its writer to its recipient, this book uses fun rhymes and cadences as well as a lively cast of characters.  This book would be perfect for the child who likes a repetitive story structure, and the child who loves looking for clues to see what will happen next! Review cross-listed here!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeimy

    I love all the uses the animals find for the note, not to mention the note itself!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Kay

    i like the book and the note its not a mestrey frevr in the end we see the note.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sara A.

    Not impressed. The pictures were just okay. The text just okay.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I love the books written and illustrated by Lizi Boyd, and this is no exception to that rule for me. Her books seem to capture the essence of universal experiences--in the case, a friend waiting for a response to a note written to another friend--in a way that gives them both weight and meaning. The simple words, accompanied by illustrations, created in gouache, draw readers into the story as they wait to see what happens to that note. I had my doubts that it would survive its arduous journey as I love the books written and illustrated by Lizi Boyd, and this is no exception to that rule for me. Her books seem to capture the essence of universal experiences--in the case, a friend waiting for a response to a note written to another friend--in a way that gives them both weight and meaning. The simple words, accompanied by illustrations, created in gouache, draw readers into the story as they wait to see what happens to that note. I had my doubts that it would survive its arduous journey as it moved from animal to animal as nature got into the act, somehow inadvertently helping the note reach its destination. The fact that it is used as a sail and a napping tent amused me, and I also enjoyed watching the note writer performing various actions in the background and observing a spider's web or finding interesting parts of nature such as stones and branches. Young readers might enjoy predicting what will happen to the note and to whom it has been written, and they will relate to having done exactly the same thing. The book is lovely and meaningful on several different levels. This will make its way into my permanent collection.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A gender-neutral child finds amusement in nature, alongside a sequence of small animals engaging in both natural and anthropomorphic activities outside; making bridges out of sticks, lying in the grass to look at clouds, stacking rocks, growing vegetables, picking flowers, wading in a stream, and making houses and boats. Boyd’s gouache illustrations resemble woodblock prints and fill the page with bold shapes but gentle colors on a gray background - giving them a feeling of calm coziness. As in A gender-neutral child finds amusement in nature, alongside a sequence of small animals engaging in both natural and anthropomorphic activities outside; making bridges out of sticks, lying in the grass to look at clouds, stacking rocks, growing vegetables, picking flowers, wading in a stream, and making houses and boats. Boyd’s gouache illustrations resemble woodblock prints and fill the page with bold shapes but gentle colors on a gray background - giving them a feeling of calm coziness. As in Boyd’s earlier books, the various animals come across as potential friends who nevertheless live their own lives undisturbed by the dark-haired, pink-cheeked child. The note that resembles a scrap of birchbark travels through the natural environment, used by each creature for a different purpose until it reaches the intended recipient. The sequence of uses for the scrap of paper demonstrate a process of creative imagination and multiple perspectives without a didactic tone. This quiet, joyful, thoughtful book is inspiring and useful for one-on-one sharing or classroom reading for preschool to first grade.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    A young girl lying in a meadow writes a note and leaves it to be found. And it is found by all kinds of small animals and birds who each use it according to their needs and then abandon it. Eventually though, it is found by its intended recipient and the contents revealed. Boyd’s sparse stylized gouache illustrations done in a limited palette of green, blue, yellow and dusty pink on a beige background add a bit of whimsy to the note’s journey. The text, including the refrain of “I wrote you a no A young girl lying in a meadow writes a note and leaves it to be found. And it is found by all kinds of small animals and birds who each use it according to their needs and then abandon it. Eventually though, it is found by its intended recipient and the contents revealed. Boyd’s sparse stylized gouache illustrations done in a limited palette of green, blue, yellow and dusty pink on a beige background add a bit of whimsy to the note’s journey. The text, including the refrain of “I wrote you a note. Did you find it?” looks just like the block lettering of a young child. Readers will have fun spotting the different critters in the background, many of whom will find a use for the note. A fun, thought-provoking story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Niki Marion

    BIG BEAR, LITTLE CHAIR will forever hold a place in my heart, and I WROTE YOU A NOTE is the book to give little ones when their reading level increases beyond plain opposites. The narrator guides the reader in the first phrases, "I wrote you a note. Did you find it?" The note cycles through a cast of inventive animal characters, each finding a creative way to make the physicality of the note useful to them. Visual foreshadowing and parallel visual narratives abound, and there is so much for youn BIG BEAR, LITTLE CHAIR will forever hold a place in my heart, and I WROTE YOU A NOTE is the book to give little ones when their reading level increases beyond plain opposites. The narrator guides the reader in the first phrases, "I wrote you a note. Did you find it?" The note cycles through a cast of inventive animal characters, each finding a creative way to make the physicality of the note useful to them. Visual foreshadowing and parallel visual narratives abound, and there is so much for young eyes learning to be fluent visual "readers" to explore on each page. A eye-catching and stimulating read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Lee

    One friend writes a note on a piece of bark. While waiting for her friend to find the note and come play, she imagines what all the animals who might have encountered the note did with it. The turtle built a raft with a sail, the dragonfly used it as a tent, the spider thought it was a bridge to keep his feet dry, and many more. Finally, the note reaches it's intended recipient and the friends meet to play.

  14. 4 out of 5

    HueL

    a sweet book about a girl wrote a note on a piece of tree bark, it circled through animals and found its final destination. The illustrations are naive and cute. The story plot is sweet too. Have no idea why the average rating so far is only 3.5, and there are 200 samples already, so it should not be a sample issue. Most so-so pictures books received 3.8 - 4.2 on average. Curious to know what is wrong with this book. Maybe someone can explain what they don't like about this book ?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alison T. Johnson

    "I wrote you a note. Did you find it?" And so the journey of the note begins. Over streams, a pond and through the meadow the note wends its way with help from various animals and insects along the way. The illustrations are simple and inviting. I love the expressions and simple eye movement of the main character interacting with the animals. The illustrations give the story a very serene feeling. It's a beautiful picture book with a nice rhythm.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carol Vanhook

    Sweet fresh story about going on an adventure, nature, and animals. Follow along as a little girl writes a note to her friend. Such a humorous story that will warm your heart. Pair this book with another similar story - The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles and have a great collection of books on kindness and friendship!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Ann

    Interesting illustrations picture the girl, writer of the note, doing things during the day until it is time to meet her friend. Many creatures find her note and use the paper for unintended purposes before it reaches her friend. "I wrote you a note. Did you find it?" is repeated often.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    A girl uses a piece of bark to write a note to her friend. The note goes through an interesting journey on its way to the friend as different animals use the note in various ways. Gouache artwork. PreK-2.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    A young girl writes a note and it takes a long detour before it finally gets to her friend. The animals that find the note and moves it on are interesting. The illustrations are detailed and a pastel pallet. A quiet read and thoughtful.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shallowreader VaVeros

    This is a lovely story of a young girl who sends a note into a field. The note is received and used by different animals, in different ways. The story is sweet and the illustrations are just fantastic.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cheriee Weichel

    I appreciate Liza Boyd's unique illustrations in this book a lot. I like that all the different creatures viewed the note from their own unique perspectives. I'm just kind of confused as to how many notes the girl wrote before it was magically received by the recipient for who it was intended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    Meh. Not quite what I look for in my storytimes. It's a progression story. Kids might enjoy it at home. The ending was kind of bland for me. I more enjoyed seeing the note's adventures and how each animal used it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    John

    I like this book because she writes a letter to her friend, but lots of people think of it's different stuff, so they use it for different stuff because it's paper. Paper can fold into anything: hats, lily pads, boats, well, not really lily pads...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Several interesting visual elements/pages.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    This is so delightful.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    A fun glimpse at the many places a written note might wander before arriving at its destination. I love the soft, lively, earth-tone illustrations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Jean Lareau

    Great illustrations, but a so-so story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tami (agreatbook)

    Gorgeous Illustrations

  29. 5 out of 5

    Faith Tydings

    Eh! I wanted this to be so much more but it just fell short with me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Walz

    Cute

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