Thursday, April 12, 2012

Practical Naturalist

9780756658991HThe Practical Naturalist – Explore the wonders of the natural world
Published at DK Canada
Produced in association with the National Audubon Society

About the book

Whether the natural world is at your doorstep, in the heart of a concrete jungle, by the sea, on top of a mountain, or in a cabin in the woods, The Practical Naturalist gets readers outdoors and shows how to experience the wonders of the world, and shows what is living in each habitat. Inspirational, informative, and educational, The Practical Naturalist is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about their surroundings and looking at their world in a brand new light.

My Thoughts

I think I am absolutely gaga over this book.   You can be sure I will pack it to bring at our trailer when we go camping.   This book is definitively perfect to explore and discover the nature around us and more.  Why more?   Let me explain.

Not only will you be able to use this marvelous book in your backyard but you can bring it with you while going for walks in parks or at camping.   And this little gem will help you to discover nature in your own climate as well as what to expect in the various biomes around the world.   The book will give you a bird’s eye view of the world in general in the first chapter but quickly will bring you to the depth of various subjects like weather, farm and field, forest (whether deciduous, coniferous or tropical), scrubland, grassland, mountain and hillside, lake, river, streams, coasts, tundra and desert.   

This summer I am planning to study the nature surrounding us with the kids.    It will be a great way to learn more about what we can find in our area as well as developing a love for God’s creation.    This book will definitively be one of our companions – I must admit that I will have a variety of books to guide us in our discoveries.   It contains breath-taking pictures as well as graphs and maps to help understand better the changes of the seasons, the different clouds we can encounter (Speaking of clouds check out this marvelous Cloud Inspector that will help you identify the clouds with your kids!), the equipment you will need to explore nature as well as numerous data on animals, plants and activities to do year-round.2010_09_15_16_42_56

For example, in the forest section, you can learn about the nature’s recyclers and how to find them.    With this information in hand, it’s easy to go visit a forest and explore it whenever you want.   The best would be to visit the same area multiple times regularly to monitor the changes that occurs when a tree fall.   

I will admit that this book covers a wide range of biomes (after all the whole world is covered here!) and contains brief information about each subject covered but it is still a great tool to have just to stir conversation between you and your kids.    This spring, summer and fall, I will definitively expand my current knowledge about the nature that I have learned to love when I was younger but this time I will also introduce my kids to a variety of fun things to do to explore it.  I am so looking forward to see their discoveries and how we will learn together.

The Practical Naturalist is available at your favorite bookstore, even

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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