The Brook Book

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A babbling brook may seem peaceful on the surface, but look closer—it’s full of life! A crayfish pokes among the pebbles for food. A salamander sits on a smooth stone. Over there, a small catfish darts around in a slow pool. Acclaimed naturalist and author Jim Arnosky offers this informative guide—a field trip in book form—to brooks and streams that is perfectly pitched to young explorers and scientists. Through simple, respectful language and lively, engaging illustrations, readers are encouraged to touch and ...
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A babbling brook may seem peaceful on the surface, but look closer—it’s full of life! A crayfish pokes among the pebbles for food. A salamander sits on a smooth stone. Over there, a small catfish darts around in a slow pool. Acclaimed naturalist and author Jim Arnosky offers this informative guide—a field trip in book form—to brooks and streams that is perfectly pitched to young explorers and scientists. Through simple, respectful language and lively, engaging illustrations, readers are encouraged to touch and discover—instilling a lifelong appreciation for the natural world.
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Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Veteran naturalist and author/illustrator Arnosky shows young readers how they, too, can be naturalists by exploring the close-to-home wonders of "the smallest of streams." He classifies brook stones—granite, sandstone, and multicolored metamorphic rock. Beneath the stones lie tiny aquatic insects: the beginning stages of mayflies and caddis flies. Wild flowers bloom, not to be picked, but to be saved through sketching. Crayfish and salamanders abound, to be caught in a mesh net, studied, admired, and then gently released. Birds will approach those who sit very still. Animal tracks give clues to the recent presence of other visitors. Arnosky's invitation to join him in exploring the manifold marvels of a small babbling brook is well nigh irresistible. He closes his celebration of brooks by telling readers, "A brook . . . quenches your thirst for nature in its wildest form." Many children today may not even realize that they have this thirst in the first place, but Arnosky does a wonderful job of awakening it. The book includes an author's note to teachers on how to organize a class field trip to a nearby brook and a bibliography of other books for budding brook enthusiasts. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
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Gr 2-4
Clear, conversational text introduces young readers to a brook and its flora and fauna. Filled with advice on how to explore safely and responsibly and to learn more about this habitat, the text encourages budding naturalists to observe and to sketch what they see. Drawing techniques are detailed in the text and in the pencil and watercolor illustrations. The natural world comes to life through realistic, colorful artwork. A delightful addition for most collections.
—Christine MarkleyCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Encouraging kids to get their hands wet-literally-this new offering from the ever-energetic Arnosky introduces them to the geology and flora and fauna of one of our landscape's more accessible ecosystems, the brook. Accessible they may be, but still full of wonders for children to discover: rocks, insects, wildflowers, fish and other critters. The collegial direct address advises readers not to take chances-"Because any water can be deeper than it looks, even the tiniest brooks should be approached carefully"-while still empowering them to get up close to nature-"You can pick up any nymphs you find. They won't bite." Characteristically delicate watercolors depict sun-dappled brooks, with exquisite details providing close-up views of the tinier brook denizens kids may encounter. Readers will learn about the life cycle of mayflies and caddis flies, get a quick lesson on sketching wildflowers and receive a primer on tracking. With its emphasis on getting out and doing, this is the perfect antidote to "Nature Deficit Disorder" and should help prepare grown-ups and kids alike for their own explorations of local waterways. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525477167
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/14/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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