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NATURE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Gordon Morrison

NATURE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

By Gordon Morrison (Author) , Gordon Morrison (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 2004
ISBN: 0-618-35215-5
Publisher: Walter Lorraine/Houghton Mifflin

A pleasant and simple narrative describes the wonders of nature that can be observed, the author tells readers in his note, “in your neighborhood.” Starting with the changes brought by the warmth of spring and concluding with winter snow piled high on the promise of spring’s return, Morrison offers a look at the ways that flora and fauna common to an (unfortunately) unspecified locale transform with the seasons. Pencil-and-watercolor environmental illustrations are charming, and the primary text is supplemented by interesting bits of information, complete with very tiny but lovely pencil drawings, along the bottom of each page. Without some geographic orientation, range maps, a visual index, or other further information, children may assume that the various plants and animals mentioned may all be found in their very own backyards, and, in the case of the plant-focused spreads, may wonder which weed is which. This might whet the interest of a budding naturalist, but may disappoint those looking for a field guide. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)