The Wainwright Prize-winning author of Diary of a Young Naturalist takes his readers on an exciting journey of discovery in this fantastic book about the magic of nature, gorgeously illustrated by Barry Falls.
Longlisted for the James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Children's Writing on Nature & Conservation 2022
Join brilliant young naturalist Dara McAnulty - winner of the 2020 Wainwright Prize for his book Diary of a Young Naturalist - on a nature walk and experience the joy of connecting with the natural world on your multi sensory journey.
This beautiful gift book, illustrated in full colour by Barry Falls, is divided into five sections: looking out of the window, venturing out into the garden, walking in the woods, investigating heathland and wandering on the river bank.
Dara pauses to tell you about each habitat and provides fantastic facts about the native birds, animals and plants you will find there - including wrens, blackbirds, butterflies, tadpoles, bluebells, bees, hen harriers, otters, dandelions, oak trees and many more.
Each section contains a discovery section where you will have a closer look at natural phenomenon such as metamorphoses and migration, learn about categorization in the animal kingdom or become an expert on the collective nouns for birds.
Each section finishes with an activity to do when you get home: plant wild flowers, make a bird feeder, try pond dipping, make a journey stick and build a terrarium.
Dara ends the book with advice for young conservationists.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 657 g
Dimensions: 305 x 257 x 14 mm
'Dara speaks very directly to child readers, taking them on a personal journey, introducing them to facts and phenomena that fascinate him and encouraging exploration. His love of lore and language as well as his respect for nature shine through in the poetic text which is carefully integrated with the illustrations.' - Ann Lazim, Books for Keeps
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“a celebration of nature”
I had an ARC copy of this in a PDF thanks to Pan Macmillan & Netgalley. I adore Dara's 'Diary of a Young Naturalist' and was really excited to see that he had a book on the way aimed at young... More
“A fascinating and beautifully illustrated guide to nature”
This is a stunning, informative and fascinating book all about nature.
It guides the reader to identify plants, animals and insects in the local environment and teaches young children how to explore habitats.
“A beautiful exploration of how a love of nature develops”
I really liked this mix of poetical narrative, information and activity ideas. It's set out in a progression of developing curiosity, from gazing at nature from your window, to exploring your garden, then... More
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