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Forest Explorer: A Life-sized Field Guide Hardcover – February 1, 2004

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4--With this beautiful and engrossing photographic guide, Bishop creates another exciting study of natural history that will make children sit up, take notice, and wonder. Focusing on deciduous forests, the book consists of brief chapters that showcase life in the understory, the treetops, and at the edge of the woods. Other sections cover "Waking in Spring," nocturnal creatures, "The Fall," and "Winter Survivors." Each chapter opens with a stunning photographic spread that is crammed with pictures of animals, plants, and insects--all life-sized except when they are highlighted by a magnifying glass. Each scene is followed by a two-page description of the denizens of that location. Only a snippet of information about each animal is provided. A list of hints for forest exploration, a segment that points out things to observe in a tri-monthly rotation, and a wonderful picture index are appended. Though not useful for fieldwork or research, this title's eye-catching visuals and oversized format are great for firing enthusiasm and encouraging browsing. Extend the reading experience with Jim Arnosky's "Crinkleroot" series (S & S) and "All About" series (Scholastic), and Robert Sabuda's "The Young Naturalist's Pop-Up Handbooks" (Hyperion).--Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
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Gr. 3-6. As with the author's previous nature close-ups, this forest tour is designed to sharpen viewers' powers of observation as well as provide help in identifying many kinds of common insects and other small creatures. Bishop offers unlabeled, full-bleed photo collages teeming with life, followed by spreads of visually keyed captions. Assembled from approximately 60 digitally combined and corrected photographs, each of the seven close-up tableaux highlights one level of a deciduous North American woodland in a different season. Unaccountably, Bishop tones down his accompanying notes, so that, for instance, tree damage from gypsy moth caterpillars "doesn't happen very often," and all the wasps he mentions lay eggs "near" rather than on or in chosen prey. But he does a good job of introducing a number of insects, birds, and mammals that children are apt to see during a walk in the woods, appends suggestions for developing a nature journal, and provides a quick-reference visual index. Both budding naturalists and fans of Walter Wick's I Spy series will linger over this spectacular woodland foray. John Peters
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  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Series: Forest Explorer
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439174805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439174800
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This slightly oversized field guide may prove a shelving challenge but its bright color and encouragement to kids to explore their world can't be overlooked The chapters comprising Forest Explorer are simply packed with field notes help young naturalists identify common insects, birds, and mammals to be located in the usual backyard world. What sets this apart from others is its focus on very bright full-page photos packed with supplemental detail. Very highly recommended.
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These books are simply amazing. The pictures in them are wonderful. I even enjoy looking at the books. Each page has a scene and on the next page you can find all of the bugs, animals etc. with a their name and a description of them. It's wonderful. It's things your child would find out doors. It's brillant well worth the money. My kids love the books!
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My boys, 6 and 4, spent their summer referring to the pages of this book for all the many bugs, insects, spiders, and other little creatures they came across. Awesome!
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