A guide to child-led family activities centred on nature rambles in different habitats - park, seaside, woodland, moorland, river and lake etc - through the seasons. Spreads comprise large colourful identification illustrations complemented by activities and facts. Activities include identifying common European species of insects, plants, mammals and birds, looking for tracks, feathers, droppings, making plastercasts of tracks, and collecting and displaying seeds, leaves and ...
A guide to child-led family activities centred on nature rambles in different habitats - park, seaside, woodland, moorland, river and lake etc - through the seasons. Spreads comprise large colourful identification illustrations complemented by activities and facts. Activities include identifying common European species of insects, plants, mammals and birds, looking for tracks, feathers, droppings, making plastercasts of tracks, and collecting and displaying seeds, leaves and fruit and nuts.
"Why do children so often lose their early love of nature? Nature Adventures is a valiant attempt to keep that interest alive." — BBC Wildlife
This nimbly illustrated field guide features children and adults exploring ecosystems that include urban oases, woodlands, and freshwater habitats. Wildlife sketches, flora and fauna identifications, and hand-written notes are scattered throughout the watercolor panoramas. The nature-loving characters are also remarkably well-read: one child sitting in the hilly countryside quotes Emily Brontë (“There is a spot, ’mid barren hills,/ Where winter howls”) and a boy gazing into a tidepool reflects, “To see a world in a grain of sand/ And heaven in a wild flower.” Packed with information both natural and literary, it’s a contemplative invitation for readers to embark on their own wildlife excursions. Ages 6–9. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Highly illustrated, information-packed pages entice readers to explore nature wherever they might find themselves and to take an active look at the world around them. Chapters include "In the Town," "Fresh Water," "Woodland," "Field and Hedgerow," "Wild Country," "The Seashore," and "Through the Seasons." Beautifully drawn artwork in pencil and watercolor provides field-guide references for budding explorers. The notebook-style writing and drawings may confuse young researchers; many facts related to each region are scattered across the spreads along with activities, observations, and brief poetic snippets ("Robert Browning wrote: 'That's the wise thrush;/he sings each song twice over'"). Nonetheless, the volume is designed to inspire and suggest ideas for further investigation. Children and their families are sure to revisit it for many outdoor excursions.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Chocked full of information, illustrations and inspiration, this wildlife journal will captivate nature lovers young and old. With the approval of Britain's Wildlife Trust, Manning and Granström seek to convince children that nature need not be found only in dramatic wilderness settings. Organized into everyday locations (In the Town, Fresh Water, Woodland, Field and Hedgerow, Wild Country, The Seashore), each page of this field guide overflows with illustrations, explanations, poetry and fun facts. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations feel like entries in a personal diary--not perfect, but full of immediacy and life. The extra bits of information are fascinating. "If you find a dead bird with a ring on its leg… send the details to the address on the ring." "Squeal like an injured rabbit by blowing through a blade of grass. It might attract a stoat or even a fox." Young environmentalists will love the detailed drawings of so many flora and fauna. Older children will use the book as a field journal that will teach them how to observe, identify and document. Originally printed in the UK, spelling and measurements are British, along with the tradition of walking public rights of way. A strong choice for explorers, artists and nature lovers. (glossary, safety note, list of poems and music, information on The Wildlife Trust) (Nonfiction. 6-10)
Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Meet the Author
Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire, and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granström.Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Mick and Brita Manning live in the Scottish Borders and have four sons. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh's Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards and Greek Hero won in 2008. Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006. Recently they donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Heroto Seven Stories, the centre for children's books.