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Toddlers and preschoolers are budding explorers. Really, the whole world is just one large science experiment to them. My preschool age daughter loves to point out the tiny ants crawling on our sidewalk and has even asked me why the leaves on a tree change color in the fall. There are a number of nature books out there but very few geared toward the youngest child. Thankfully, a new company called The Little Environmentalists has recently released a science picture book just for these little naturalists.
Nature Discovery in My Backyard by Rebecca Mattano is the first book in a series of books designed to promote learning about nature and environmentally-friendly living at home. The book follows a little girl as she explores her backyard. Simple rhyming verses encourage children to use their senses (sight, hearing, smell, and touch) while investigating nature outdoors. From smelling a rose to listening to a blue jay, the picture book includes both common and unusual animals, plants and nature items that children might discover outside. The book discusses trees, insects, flowers, birds, and wildlife in a way that is easy for children to understand. My daughter especially loved the page spread devoted to birds. We have a bird feeder outside our window, so she loves to watch and identify all the different species as they eat.
Additionally, each topic covered includes a nature watch challenge along with an educational inset meant to encourage discussion. For instance, one page asks, "Can you find these insects in your yard?" A special section in the back of the book provides notes and tips for educators and parents to help facilitate more detailed discussions. There are even tips to use in winter, a season fast approaching us here in Wisconsin!
I was especially delighted to find that The Little Environmentalists print their books out of 100% post-consumer waste and use environmentally friendly ink. The company is devoted to eco-friendly business practices and production. Rebecca Mattano, the author, is a mother to two young daughters and is also an adjunct professor in the field of Environmental Science.
Nature Discovery in My Backyard, by Rebecca Mattano. The Little Environmentalists, LLC (2008), 27 pages, ISBN 9780982037102
Order a copy now from:
thelittleenvironmentalists.com or amazon.com
The Little Environmentalists has kindly offered to give away (1) copy of Nature Discovery in My Backyard to a Brimful Curiosities reader.
This contest is now closed! Congrats to the winner chosen at random, Faerie Mom!
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