Describes the different plants, animals, and landscapes that can be seen outdoors each month of the year.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn her first book for children, nature artist Leslie does a commendable job of taming an enormous range of information. She presents nature as it shifts in time: animals who do and don't hibernate; birds that migrate; life cycles of baby deer, mice, frogs and woolly bear caterpillars. She further examines rain and snowflakes, the sun's changing angles on the earth, Native American names for the moon, fall seeds and changing leaf colors and holiday festivals. But Leslie's comprehensive work suffers somewhat from excessive organization, as she superimposes a month-by-month calendar onto natural phenomena better suited to seasons. However, this is a minor fault in a book that parents and children will no doubt read by the season. The author selects animals and plants of interest to, and accessible to, children in the suburbs and rural areas of New England. Her full-page watercolors of field and pond life will engage younger readers, while her smaller, more intricate ink and colored pencil illustrations will satisfy the yen of older budding naturalists for accuracy and detail. Ages 7-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinThis information- and activity-packed, month-by-month guide traces seasonal changes in animal and plant behavior. The naturalist/artist suggest easily doable ideas for observing those changes with occasional notes on timely festivals. Though specific to New England, with few exceptions (e.g., looking at snowflakes) they are appropriate throughout the States.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-4-- An attractive presentation of simple science concepts and outdoor activities throughout the calendar year, especially for the northeastern United States. For each month, seasonal changes are indicated against the background of the same rural scene with numbered, stylized habitats and sample plants and animals added. Their identification with brief notes appears on the opposite pages. Variations on the scene with the same animals hibernating or managing above and below the frost line are given for both January and December, rounding out the cycle. An additional double spread per month is devoted to appropriate projects--from making snowflakes to observing summer constellations or leafbuds on twigs. Occasional sidebars enlarge or expand the discussion as with a closeup view of the parts of a flower or the depiction of the lifecycle of a frog. Pen-and-ink diagrams and drawings with watercolor washes are appealing and informative. A useful, additional title to help children increase their awareness of the natural world and, for those living in areas in which the specific examples do not occur, to visualize the season. --Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library
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