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Monday thought of the week: the naturalistic experience

A thought: Whatever advances might be made in electronic technology and however creative the modern zoo or nature center have become, the naturalistic experience continues to be an unrivaled context for maturation and development. – Stephen R. Kellert, “The Naturalistic … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh

“A world-famous yet hardly known literary landscape.” That’s how the author of a new book describes her subject – a place many people know of from their childhood (or, parenting or grand-parenting years). It was a place one could first visit in … Continue reading

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BOOK: Muddy Boots: Outdoor Activities for Children

There will never be enough books with ideas for connecting kids to nature – they are always welcome! I’ve accumulated quite a few over the last few years. I am enjoying flipping through the following offering which was released last … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle

Water is water, in all three states of matter: ice as a solid, liquid water as, well, a liquid, and water vapor as a gas. But there are many more ways of experiencing water, as shown beautifully in a new … Continue reading

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BOOK: Hold This!

Carolyn Cory Scoppettone, Hold This! (Yarmouth, ME: Islandport Press, 2015), 32 pp. Illustrated by Priscilla Alpaugh. Publisher’s description A girl and her father go for a walk, experiencing all the sights, sounds, smells, and feels of the woods. As Mika … Continue reading

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BOOK: The Specific Ocean

Kyo Maclear, The Specific Ocean (Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press, 2015), 32 pp. Illustrated by Katty Maurey. Publisher’s description In this gently told picture book, a young girl is unhappy about having to leave the city for a family vacation on … Continue reading

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BOOK: Ask Me

Bernard Waber, Ask Me (New York: Houhgton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), 40 pp. Illustrated by Suzy Lee. Publisher’s description Ask me what I like? What do you like? A father and daughter walk through their neighborhood, brimming with questions as they … Continue reading

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BOOK: Jessie’s Island

Sheryl MacFarlane, Jessie’s Island (Custer, WA: Orca Book Publishers, 2015 [1992]), 32 pp. Illustrated by Sheena Lott. Publisher’s description With a long list of activities and events to attend, cousin Thomas paints a picture of city life that makes Jessie’s … Continue reading

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BOOK: Wild in the Willamette

In 2011, Oregon State University Press published the fantastic guide Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine: The Portland-Vancouver Region’s Network of Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas (which I reviewed here). Now, they have just published a guide for the region … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Fall nature book titles from Dawn Publications look at beys & honey and moles & soil

I’ve reviewed books from Dawn Publications (Facebook/Twitter/blog) before (see here). They publish some of the best nature books for kids in my opinion. Their two new titles for Fall are equally as informative, creative, and appealing as previous titles. In If You … Continue reading

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