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by Mick Manning & Brita Granström & illustrated by Mick Manning & Brita Granström

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-84780-088-6
Publisher: Frances Lincoln

Chocked full of information, illustrations and inspiration, this wildlife journal will captivate nature lovers young and old. 

With the approval of Britain’s Wildlife Trust, Manning and Granström seek to convince children that nature need not be found only in dramatic wilderness settings. Organized into everyday locations (In the Town, Fresh Water, Woodland, Field and Hedgerow, Wild Country, The Seashore), each page of this field guide overflows with illustrations, explanations, poetry and fun facts. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations feel like entries in a personal diary—not perfect, but full of immediacy and life. The extra bits of information are fascinating. “If you find a dead bird with a ring on its leg… send the details to the address on the ring.” “Squeal like an injured rabbit by blowing through a blade of grass. It might attract a stoat or even a fox.” Young environmentalists will love the detailed drawings of so many flora and fauna. Older children will use the book as a field journal that will teach them how to observe, identify and document. Originally printed in the UK, spelling and measurements are British, along with the tradition of walking public rights of way.

A strong choice for explorers, artists and nature lovers. (glossary, safety note, list of poems and music, information on The Wildlife Trust) (Nonfiction. 6-10)