paper, 303 pp., $14.95
The goal of this lively guide to nature appreciation by self-taught naturalist Clare Leslie is to encourage children to study the world around them and recognize their place in their habitat. The author introduces readers to the things they will need in their observations and tells how to use them in the pursuit of knowledge. Beginning with the importance of learning the cycles of seasons, she expands this quest for exploring the landscape through a monthly guide to nature’s surprises. Wisely, she promotes the use of individual journals for recording discoveries on field trips, so young explorers will have a greater connection through their senses by describing their experiences. Attractively illustrated, the text covers a broad spectrum of topics that will keep up the interest of young readers. The author also includes a bibliography and important resources for the adult explorer.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden