Crinkleroot's Guide to Giving Back to Nature

Crinkleroot's Guide to Giving Back to Nature

by Jim Arnosky
     
 

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Jim Arnosky's beloved nature expert, Crinkleroot, is back!

Award-winning children's book artist and naturalist Jim Arnosky features his iconic character in this fun and informative picture book. Crinkleroot, who was "born in a tree and raised by bees," guides young readers through the natural world, taking them on a journey through the seasons, and

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Jim Arnosky's beloved nature expert, Crinkleroot, is back!

Award-winning children's book artist and naturalist Jim Arnosky features his iconic character in this fun and informative picture book. Crinkleroot, who was "born in a tree and raised by bees," guides young readers through the natural world, taking them on a journey through the seasons, and giving examples of things they can do in their own backyards to protect the environment.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Arnosky’s first Crinkleroot book in more than a decade, the bearded woodsman who “was born in a tree and raised by bees” explores environmental stewardship by way of example: he plants grass and trees, cleans up litter, and composts leaves. “Sometimes giving back to Nature means picking up after yourself,” he says. Arnosky blends lighthearted cartoon elements with more naturalistic depictions of birds, mammals, and fish, carefully rendered in pen and acrylic washes. Final notes offer suggestions for indoor energy conservation. The ever-appealing Crinkleroot (who could be a shared descendant of Walt Whitman and Santa Claus) should have readers rethinking their relationship to the natural world. Ages 5–8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Crinkleroot has returned to delight a new generation of budding naturalists. Gentle, sound advice shows children that they can give back to nature with small actions. Arnosky's glowing illustrations and clear text move the endearing, old nature guide through the seasons and a variety of ecosystems. Broad ideas about being good stewards of the Earth are nicely mixed with specific, easy activities, such as creating a hummingbird feeder. Animal lovers will enjoy the opportunity to identify common birds and mammals in a beautiful seek-and-find page. Concrete suggestions for conserving energy at home are offered, too. A soft, folksy design ties together general concepts and featured activities. This purposeful, attractive book offers much to its readers: details about flora and fauna, environmental activities to set up, thoughtful discussion points, and a lovable narrator. Children might read this title independently but will want to share all they have learned. A must-have for most collections.—Elizabeth C. Larson, Hennepin County Library, Hopkins, MN
Kirkus Reviews
Forest-dweller Crinkleroot reappears to lead 21st-century readers outdoors, urging them to appreciate and give back to nature. Arnosky's bearded guide, inspired by 19th-century naturalist John Burroughs, was last seen in print in Crinkleroot's Visit to Crinkle Cove (1999), but he has continued to educate schoolchildren through the PBS series Backyard Safari for many years. In this new title, the author focuses on things children can do on their own for their environment: provide food and appropriate habitat for wild creatures; pick up after themselves; keep stream waters clean; put animals back where they found them; don't walk on dune grass. He gives detailed instructions for planting trees and for releasing fish unharmed. Dressed in a frontiersman's costume and feathered hat and surrounded by forest creatures, Crinkleroot makes an appealing guide. (He discards his jacket for a life vest in his kayak.) His love for the natural world is evident, and he expects that readers will share it. Pen-and-ink illustrations, colored with ink acrylic washes, are full of accurate detail. Early on readers are offered a winter-bird-identification puzzle that capitalizes on this. Throughout, he shows and identifies creatures a sharp-eyed young naturalist might see outdoors (especially, but not solely, those who live in the eastern half of the country). Renewed public interest in a "green" world makes this a timely and welcome return for Crinkleroot. (Informational picture book. 5-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399255205
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/15/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,210,195
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Jim Arnosky is a self-taught writer, artist and naturalist who has written and illustrated over 90 nature books for children. Jim divides his time between South Ryegate, Vermont, and Islamorada, Florida.

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