My First Book of Nature: (with wipe-clean spotting cards)

My First Book of Nature: (with wipe-clean spotting cards)

My First Book of Nature: (with wipe-clean spotting cards)
Camilla De La Bedoyere

Templar Publishing

ISBN 9781787410695

Bright, engaging and fun, this is the perfect package of inspiration to spark a little one's interest in the great outdoors. Split into four clear sections: Plants, Bugs, Birds and Animals, plus a glossary at the back, discover how seeds grow, why some bugs are stripy, how penguins live, why chameleons change colour and much more. Jane Newland's charming illustrations are accompanied by carefully written text for young readers by children's natural history author Camilla de la Bedoyere. There's a ladybird to spot in every scene for an added element of fun. Includes 4 tear-out wipe-clean spotting cards, ideal for using on a nature walk or even just in the garden and encouraging a sense of adventure.

Librarian's Book choice

My First Book of Nature is a really gorgeous large-format book that, as its title suggests, offers an introduction to a range of plants, creatures and habitats, as well as touching on life cycles and changes such as metamorphosis. From bugs and plants to animals and ocean life, the spreads are beautifully illustrated and informative, offering much for the young reader to dip into and for the adult to explore with them. There are sometimes surprising facts that adult and child might not know, such as bumblebees sleeping underground in winter, or that spiders can taste with their feet! The information is provided in short sections of text, often in a step by step format such as for life cycles, or how a spider makes its web - so it is not overwhelming. The colourful painted illustrations add to the pages' appeal. Lots to enjoy and find out and a perfect book for dipping into. While there isn't an index - making this a book for browsing rather than using for topic work - there is a useful list of 'nature words' at the end, including a simple description for example for insect, nectar and larva. There are also wipe-clean boards that children can use to record what they have spotted - a bug, plant, bird or animal - and which can be used by children in groups during nature walks, or copied and handed out. 64 pages / Ages 6+ / Reviewed by Maria Mace.


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