This is a very attractive introduction to looking at the natural world around us and finding practical information – direction, potential weather, what the appearance of a particular species may indicate. The author and illustrator take us round the world. From the Arctic to the Galapagos, from though there is no talking down – the author is not afraid to introduce terms such as photosynthesis, actinomycetes, gibbous. The freshness of the illustrations by Carrie Shryock and the enthusiasm (and knowledge) of the author make this both attractive and immediately accessible. Certainly the presentation of the text attracts attention – and could provide the basis for an enjoyable observational walk round the park. It was good to see that a session in an English garden has been included – might there be a danger of only thinking some of the interesting techniques only belong to the far away? The introduction, however, suggests not, urging young readers to go out and explore. And there are plenty of unexpected facts to surprise and enjoy. While there is no index, there is an extensive and useful glossary and a concise bibliography directing the reader to websites where further information and inspiration can be found. There might be a slight reservation over the production of the book – an elegant, attractive hardback picture book format, perhaps not ideal for taking with one when exploring; might a sturdy paperback to fit easily in a backpack be more practical? This is a quibble – the author and illustrator together provide the opportunity for learning that is undemanding and fun.
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Illustrator: Carrie Shryock