cloth, 181 p., $26.95
Demonstrating their technique in the book's layout of text and drawings, two nature journalists develop a reader's observation skills of the natural world. This manual provides natural history lessons, helpful sketching exercises and journal style tips in the course of exploring the personal benefits of "journaling" for parents, teachers and children. Attractive sketches and brief commentary on the cover, endpapers and introductory pages are subtly incorporated into larger drawings throughout the book. These graphics of twigs, birds, and small mammals are recalled as one progresses through the book, helping the journal writer to focus on certain aspects of an outdoor experience. Suggestions of subjects to record throughout each season aid the uninitiated while quotations from a variety of authors spark one's own "journaling." This collaborative project by an artist and a naturalist-educator opens the door to a deeply satisfying lifetime response to the world of nature.
— Nancy H. McCray, Reference Librarian, June Price Reedy Horticultural Library, The School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.