Backyard

Backyard

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by Donald Silver, Patricia Wynne
     
 
An exciting journey of science discovery is as near as your own backyard. Just one small square is alive with creepers and crawlers, lifters and leapers, singers, buzzers, climbers, builders, and recyclers. Backyard invites children ages 7 and up to become nature lovers by looking, listening, touching, and smelling the world from the ground up! From the unique One

Overview

An exciting journey of science discovery is as near as your own backyard. Just one small square is alive with creepers and crawlers, lifters and leapers, singers, buzzers, climbers, builders, and recyclers. Backyard invites children ages 7 and up to become nature lovers by looking, listening, touching, and smelling the world from the ground up! From the unique One Small Square series of science acitivity books. . .where children can explore exotic and familiar ecosystems in detail, one small square at a time.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070579309
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Series:
One Small Square Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
503,408
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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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Backyard 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.