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Nature School…for nature lovers!

Your very own nature adventures in a book! Mick Manning and Brita Granström show you how easy it is to become a nature explorer! Nature School takes you on an exciting adventure to discover the secrets of nature, learn how to find and preserve wildlife and make you feel closer to the world around you.

Review: An excellent introduction to nature for young children.

In this book Mick Manning and Brita Granström invite children to become nature explorers, and find out about the natural world by undertaking some simple but interesting activities. The authors/illustrators use lively and colourful illustrations to complement the text, the tone of which is very readable and child friendly. The information is accessible and the practical suggestions are well within the range of most children under adult supervision. Additional ‘nature tips’ mean that the book packs in a lot of information in a very easily digested format. Ideas for practical activities and exciting projects include making a bird box, making a pond in a jar, creating a mini beast motel, and keeping a nature journal. Readers of this book will certainly be better informed by the end of it, and the activities – if undertaken – will help children to develop a closer relationship with nature.

This is a valuable teaching and learning resource for teachers, as well as a fun read for children that encourages them to try some of the exciting projects detailed within.


Science stuff!!!

Synopsis: A great introduction in the theory of evolution and the world of living things.

Review: Glen Murphy, author of ‘Why is sSnot Green?’, explores the world of living things in his new book  ‘Evolution, Nature and Stuff’. He explores big topics in a humorous yet scientific manner, and his background as manager of the Explainer team at London’s Science Museum has obviously come in useful here. He uses questions (arising out of an imaginary dialogue with a young person) as a way of investigating complex issues such as genetics, evolution and the origin of living things such that young people can grasp them. Chapters include, What’s life all about?, Life on earth, The Kingdoms of life etc. There are plenty of illustrations (some serious, some humorous) to break up the text, and a few quizzes thrown in for good measure. Questions that are answered include, How did we develop from chemical soup? what is a selfish gene? and what are the kingdoms of life?

This  is a very readable book on evolution suitable for anyone seven years or upwards, including adults! It has a good mix of science, astonishing facts and fascinating theories, and would make an excellent addition to a school or home library. There is plenty of food for thought here that children will enjoy reading, and possibly discussing with parents and teachers.


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