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A voyage of scientific discovery is as near as your own backyard. There you'll find a busy hub, full of creepers and crawlers, lifters and leapers, singers, buzzers, climbers, builders, and recyclers. It's a place where children can smell, listen, look, and get a hands-on feel for life—all in one small square of land and air. Backyard is just one of the exciting, vibrantly illustrated volumes in the critically acclaimed ne Small Square series of science and nature books for children ages 7 and up. Each book ...

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A voyage of scientific discovery is as near as your own backyard. There you'll find a busy hub, full of creepers and crawlers, lifters and leapers, singers, buzzers, climbers, builders, and recyclers. It's a place where children can smell, listen, look, and get a hands-on feel for life—all in one small square of land and air. Backyard is just one of the exciting, vibrantly illustrated volumes in the critically acclaimed ne Small Square series of science and nature books for children ages 7 and up. Each book includes: Stunning full-color illustrations of each habitat and its creatures; Motivating experiments and activities, along with clear, diagrammed instructions and safety tips; A picture field guide to the habitat; a glossary-index and resource list. One Small Square—an eye-opening series orignally published in hardcover—puts the whole world in perspective for children, one small square at a time. Each book is a thrilling, up-close encounter with mammals, insects, plants, birds, fish, amphibians, bacteria, and the ecosystems in which they live. "Science education at its best."—Science Books and Films. Donald M. Silver is the author of more than 40 science books for children and teachers alike. In addition to the award-winning One Small Square series, he has written The Animal World, Why Save the Rain Forest?, Extinction Is Forever, and The Dinosaur Activity Book—all illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne.

Explains how to observe and explore plants, animals, and their interactions in your own backyard.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Filled with an assortment of the plants, animals and insects found in the Northeast quadrant of the United States, Silver's backyard is a happening place--``alive with creepers and crawlers, lifters and leapers, movers and mixers . . . builders, buriers, and recyclers.'' By advising naturalists to focus on a single square meter of their own yards, the book lends immediate confidence and helps readers to value their own observations, discoveries and conclusions. Silver teaches youngsters to use their senses, along with simple, inexpensive tools, to hunt for tunnels bored in bark, to spy out snow fleas, to measure the distance between bud scales to know how fast a plant grows and to analyze droppings. The book mingles standard field exercises growing mold, making leaf rubbings, catching animal tracks with a reach of knowledge extensive enough to allow readers to extract what they need. So much information is provided, in fact, that despite the author's emphasis on experimentation, this book remains more of a reference text than a guide to discovery. Still, the combination of humorous, scientifically grounded text with detailed, realistic drawings will pique the interest of armchair naturalists and active explorers alike. A companion volume, One Small Square: Seashore , also by Silver and Wynne, will be released simultaneously. Ages 7-12. Aug.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Donald M. Silver's and artist Patricia J. Wynne's newest collaboration, is an eye-opener that will entrance kids from cover to cover. The premise is to mark off a square of dirt and over the course of a year study the animal/vegetable life and the minerals on and under it. Though not a new idea, it has never been so beautifully propounded. Dr. Silver has larded his book with typical specimens of the flora and fauna to be found; Ms. Wynne has drawn and painted them with exquisite, eye-appealing detail. The creative team treats the reader with respect, indicating at the start, for example, where a pronouncing index/glossary can be found, if needed: no jarring bold print, here! They detail an amateur biologist's equipment, necessary precautions, and the records s/he should keep. They include summary pages of the wildlife, plants and minerals one might find. You will want at least one copy per class.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070579309
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Series: One Small Square Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 47
  • Sales rank: 251,138
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald M. Silver is the author of more than 40 science books for children and teachers alike. In addition to the award-winning One Small Square series, he has written The Animal World, Why Save the Rain Forest?, Extinction Is Forever, and The Dinosaur Activity Book—all illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne.

Patricia J. Wynne’s illustrations have also appeared in Scientific American, Natural History, and The New York Times as well as in the highly praised books Hungry, Hungry Sharks, and The Human Body. Both the author and illustrator live in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.The Food Makers.Guests for Dinner.Life Cyclers.Out in the Cold.Making a Living.Definitely Not a Golf Ball.Night Life.Litter ''Bugs''.Watch Out for Traps! More Than Just Dirt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2002

    A "10" In My Book

    This book is eye-catching and captivating. The beautiful drawings lure children into the animal life world that exists right in their own backyards. It's a nature study, a life-science primer course, and a beautiful field guide. This book is perfect as part of a homeschool science course for kids. I cannot wait to purchase the rest in the series.

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