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Summary: This is a walking guide, nature reference, ecological handbook and personal journal, all in one. The book teaches kids how to observe and identify plants and animals in an urban area like a city. It describes how the animals and plants help each in the ecosystem. Some examples are given including the Peregrine Falcons. It even provides a field guide on how to identify urban plants, birds, bugs, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. It also provides artwork, activities, and stories that explore the animal’s world in the man built environment. This is a guidebook for discovering nature
Type of Reading: family reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: This is a very interesting book with awesome pictures. The field guide is especially helpful for young kids in identifying animals and plants. The book is very descriptive and informative about animals found in urban area.
Adult Reader Reaction: It is a compact paperback that fits easily into a hiking bag. The text is clear and concise, the layout compliments the process of taking a nature walk, and the graphics are superb, all of which make this a book that will become dog-eared very quickly.
Pros: This book is an excellent handbook and a valuable tool for those contemplating conducting nature walks in urban areas. Science teachers, adults who are involved in scouting, after-school programs, day camp programs, or parents who are home-schooling children etc. will find this book to be an excellent tool in planning and conducting a nature walk.
Borrow or Buy: If you are a parent, teacher, scout leader, after-school program director, summer camp director, etc. and you plan to take children on a nature walk, buy this book for yourself and the participants who will be taking the walk.
Educational Themes: The handbook illustrates that in addition to tall buildings, busy streets and day-to-day hustle and bustle in urban areas, mother nature continues to thrive in our cities.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - nature, exercise, picture book series
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2005
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