Category Archives: nature

A Poem to Remember

Make the Earth Your Companion Make the Earth your companion. Walk lightly on it, as other creatures do. Let the Sky paint her beauty- she is always            watching over you. Learn from the Sea how to face harsh forces. … Continue reading

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A trip down the Amazon

The Great Snake: Stories from the Amazon (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2008) is a fascinating collection of nine stories interwoven with factual details of  author Sean Taylor’s travels through the Amazon rainforest. The inclusion of these elements sets the stories … Continue reading

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Under the Sea

Another voyage of the imagination from the author of Redwoods. This time a little girl picks a book off the library shelf on Coral Reefs, and as she begins to read, coral begins to grow on library tables in the Reading … Continue reading

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All about Wombats

I’ve been a fan of Jackie French’s Diary of a Wombat since it was published in 2003 (Clarion). The pithy, droll text and charming illustrations work wonderfully together to create an incredibly funny and appealing book. Bruce Whatley’s wombat is adorable … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Outside!

These two picture books are perfect for encouraging young children to explore nature and observe the natural world around them. You don’t have to travel somewhere — you can explore right in your own backyard, neighborhood or park. Insect Detective … Continue reading

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A little cloud with big dreams . . .

Illustrations are a highlight in this story of a little cloud with big dreams: Cloudette wants to “make a garden grow” and a “brook babble” and a “waterfall fall.” My favorite illustration depicts a cow looking down at Cloudette from … Continue reading

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All the Water in the World

All the water in the world really is all the water in the world, and this concept is the basis for George Ella Lyon‘s latest book, All the Water in the World.  New water is not made or manufactured. It … Continue reading

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Mysteries of the Deep

This past week a headline from National Geographic caught my eye: Coelacanths Can Live Past 100, Don’t Show Age? with a large picture of a coelacanth swimming right at the top. These fish were thought to be long extinct, until … Continue reading

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Redwoods

A book well-suited for late April, the time between Earth Day and Arbor Day. A boy picks up this book on redwoods on the subway (the reader will recognize the cover), and soon is engrossed. The illustrations reflect his inner … Continue reading

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Summer Birds

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Holt, 2010. A teenage, female scientist from the 1600s? Really? The true story of Maria Merian, who lived in 17th century Germany. Apparently in the … Continue reading

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