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Woods Walk: Peepers, Porcupines and Exploding Puffballs! What You'll See, Hear and Smell When Exploring the Woods

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Kids love to be outdoors. Written by an expert naturalist, WoodsWalk offers guided tours for all four seasons and all regions of North America, highlighting special creatures, conditions, and events every step of the way. Aspiring young naturalists will learn how to "read" the woods for signs of the presence of animals, interpret sounds, and identify odors. They will also learn what NOT to touch or taste! With enough identification information on trees, terrain, plants, and wildlife for a hundred walks in ...
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Overview


Kids love to be outdoors. Written by an expert naturalist, WoodsWalk offers guided tours for all four seasons and all regions of North America, highlighting special creatures, conditions, and events every step of the way. Aspiring young naturalists will learn how to "read" the woods for signs of the presence of animals, interpret sounds, and identify odors. They will also learn what NOT to touch or taste! With enough identification information on trees, terrain, plants, and wildlife for a hundred walks in the woods, this book is the complete first primer for the inquisitive young naturalist. Includes a cut-off, pocket-sized leaf-and-tree spy guide.

Describes the different animals and plants one can see on a walk through the woods during the four seasons.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two new titles encourage kids to explore the world around them. WoodsWalk: Peepers, Pikas and Exploding Puffballs! by Henry Art and Michael Robbins acts as a guide to identifying common flora and fauna in the forests of North America. Organized by season and illustrated with photos and drawings, this thorough volume reveals fascinating facts and features useful tips, such as how to recognize animal tracks, spot nests in winter and distinguish between tasty and poisonous berries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
What would you expect to see, hear, or smell while walking through the woods during any one of the four seasons of the year? This book gives children insight into the answer to this question. Sights and sounds are described from the variety of forests of North America, from the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest to the pine forests of the Southeast. Spring brings birds building nests and flowers blooming. Black bears and grizzly bears and the small pikas share the western forests in summer. Colorful photographs of birds and berries illustrate descriptions of the variety of species found. Caterpillars and multicolored leaves can be found in eastern autumn. There are plants to touch and plants not to touch. Some animals slow their activities almost to a halt in winter through hibernations, while others continue a relentless search for scarce food. The book is a wealth of information to help children and parents explore the forests. From summer's bugs and babies to winter's peace and quiet, there are interesting facts waiting for discovery. Parents will enjoy exploring the woods with their children using this book as a guide. 2003, Storey Kids/Storey Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
— Sally Niezgoda
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This inviting introduction to forests describes the sights, sounds, and smells that await young explorers. The accessible text details the wonders of each season in both eastern and western locales, while full-color photos depict the flora and fauna that inhabit these intriguing environments. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174527
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,449,411
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Henry W. Art is director of the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies and director of the Hopkins Memorial Forest. He is the author of several books, including Storey's A Garden of Wildflowers.

Michael Robbins is a writer and a former editor of Audubon and Oceans magazines and the author of Birds: A Family Field Guide.

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Table of Contents

What is a forest? 1
Where Do Forests Grow?
The Lives of a Forest
Plants and Plant Eaters
Predators and Prey
Getting into the Woods
Hank's Hints
The Reason for Seasons
Spring 12
East
Spring Shapes and Colors
Nests and Nest Builders
Shhhh
Who's There?
Night Walks
Treasures Underfoot
West
Experience a Rainforest
Deciduous Forests
Animals on the Move
Amphibians and Reptiles Are Emerging
Summer 40
East
Life on the Wing
Red Efts
Life in a Fallen Log
Sounds of a Summer Night
Mammals in Action
Family Time
A Seldom Seen Cat
West
Forest Superlatives
Mountain Fragrances
Banana Slugs
An Underwater Bird
Look and Listen
A Hammer for a Beak
Taste Summer Berries
Autumn 68
East
Look for Signs of Fall
Amazing Fliers
Look Down at Decomposers
Fungi Up Close
Quiet Sounds of Fall
Collecting Fall Leaves
West
Leaves of Gold
Preparing for Winter
Mating and Migrating
Winter 90
East
Look into the Past
Winter Branches
Quiet Sounds of Winter
Winter Fungi
Animal Tracks
Life in the Snow
Look Closely at Winter Insects
West
Look Up into the Treetops
Avalanche!
Coping with the Cold
Staying Warm
Glossary 115
Other Books to Read 118
Index 119
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