Monday, September 6, 2010

Review: The Nature Connection by Clare Walker Leslie

The Nature Connection by Clare Walker Leslie An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms
 Book Desciption: This interactive workbook, packed with creative, year-round nature activities, is sure to please everyone ages 8 to 13. Clare Walker Leslie guides kids to observe and record what they see, hear, smell, and touch outdoors, whether they live in the country, the city, or somewhere in between. She offers dozens of fun things to do in every season: write a poem; make a sketch; tell a story; record daily sunrise and sunset times for a month; draw a local map and mark the locations of trees, rocks, animals, and other sights; keep a moon journal; learn about the constellations; or collect leaves and bring them home to sketch and identify. Rediscover the world outside with The Nature Connection!

About the Author: Clare Walker Leslie is a nationally known wildlife artist, author, and educator. She has connected people of all ages to nature using drawing, writing, and observing the outdoors for the last thirty years. Her previous books include Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning and Keeping A Nature Journal. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Granville, Vermont with her husband.

Here's What I Think: My boys are little young for this so I sent this one off to my friend to use with her 10 year old daughter. They absolutely loved it. I was told the daughter even said "This is so much fun, they shouldn't call it a work book but a fun book!" I did look through it before shipping it off and really liked the layout. I had good intructions for the parents to guide the children. And it also really does guide and not instruct on the information, almost forcing the children to see it all for themselves. It shows them how to observe the small details of the world around them, a skill I put very high on my list of life skills all kids should learn. I think if you have a child aged 8-13 you really should consider this book.

Disclaimer: Although I did recieve a copy of this title for reveiw from Storey Publishing, I was in no way directly compensated to publish this post. These are my real and true feelings.

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