National Trust: 2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children's Almanac

National Trust: 2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children's Almanac

National Trust: 2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children's Almanac
Anna Wilson

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9781788003391

Take an inspirational month-by-month journey through the seasons with The Nature Yearbook 2019: A Children's Almanac. Beautifully illustrated by Elly Jahnz and written by nature lover and wild swimmer Anna Wilson, this fantastic, fully illustrated guide to the year includes nature spotter guides, indoor and outdoor craft and activity ideas, seasonal recipes and celebrations of religious festivals and special days, such as the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. A wonderful gift to treasure and explore over the coming year, this gorgeous nature yearbook will encourage young readers to connect with nature and the world around them.

Librarian's Book choice

This great little almanac is a fantastic book which provided much interest in our household. The book is set up month by month across a year, and provides interesting seasonal facts, important dates, and fun, wholesome activities to try throughout the year. The book will definitely inspire a love of nature in a child, through fun activities such as cloud spotting, flower pressing and instructions for casting animal prints. The explanations of how festivals and traditions came into being will also fuel an interest in history.

Not only is the book an interesting and informative read but credit needs to be given to the illustrator, Elly Jahnz. I love the beautiful pictures scattered throughout the book, in particular the spotter's guides. The interesting layout and range of text types e.g. fact boxes, recipes, instructions and a glossary, make the book easily accessible and easy to dip in and out of.

I also love how our multicultural society is celebrated throughout the book. Different festivals and celebrations from a range of world religions are included, alongside traditional English customs and celebrations such as Beltane and May Day.

I highly recommend this little book. As it is a hardback, it is very durable and is the perfect size to pop in a rucksack and go off exploring the outdoors. For my family, it has fuelled fascinating discussions, an interest in nature and provided us with lots of great activities to try together as the year progresses.

192 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Leia Sands, teacher


Reviews

National Trust: 2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children's Almanac5/5

National Trust: 2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children's Almanac

Anna Wilson

Review

This is a fantastic little book, jammed packed full of things to do throughout an entire year so well worth buying to refer to as we gradually move through the year into the spring and summer.

2019 Nature, Month-by-Month, A Children's Almanac is written in a very similar style to a traditional almanac. Divided into the 12 months, each month includes a list of special dates such as Wassailing, 6th January or St Swithun's Day, 15th July, and anniversaries relevant to the month. For example, 20th July 2019 will be the 50th anniversary of the first ever moon walk by Neil Armstrong.

As with the traditional almanac, this delightful children's version also makes reference to the weather and its implications for potential activities outdoors. This is the perfect 'bring-along' for walks in the park or forest, countryside rambles or rock pooling on the beach.

Numerous colourful illustrations throughout by Elly Jahnz enhance this text, written by popular children's author Anna Wilson. A brilliant collection of fascinating facts, useful information, craft and activity ideas, enough to last the entire year. This great little book also includes details of religious festivals throughout the world and information about things to look out for when out in the countryside.

With two Key Stage 3, IT-reliant children, keeping them amused while we are out walking our dogs or just enjoying the countryside is no easy task, however this book has the potential to be a real life saver! Small enough to tuck into my jacket pocket there are spotters' guides for all sorts of animals, insects and plants. There are also a number of rainy day activities; indoor tents and camp food, nest box building and seasonal recipes, that I am sure my two, along with most other children would really enjoy.

Written using clear, concise, child-friendly language, this book is suitable for a confident Key Stage 2 child to read with a good degree of independence. However, the information and activities that it contains would be just as appealing to both younger and older children. A great book for the entire family.

192 pages / Ages 8+ / Reviewed by Sam Phillips, teacher.

Reviewed by: Sam Phillips