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Nature Adventures Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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An essential family guide to child-led activities that will help you discover the wonders of flora and fauna. Daily Express I love this. A wildlife handbook, a sketchbook, a diary, it is really interesting and relevant, whether you are out in the garden, trudging through woods or stuck behind and artic on the A14. Indeed your sweet;ittle dearly beloveds will be fascinated by the bits on road kill. With tips on beachcombing and facts about birds, flowers and trees, it is a useful primer too. All shot through with poetry. No really. Robert Browning, W.B Yeats, Walter de la Mare walk with you along the hedgerows and there's nothing quite like pond-dipping with Gerald Manley Hopkins for an earworm. Families Lots of activities pictures and poetry to encourage your child to explore wildlife Junior treasures abound throughout the pages of this magnificent treat of a book. School Librarian a treasure trove of activities, information, observation, pictures and poetry. Surrey Nature

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Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granstrom.Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh's Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards and Greek Hero won in 2008. Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006. Recently Mick and Brita donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Heroto Seven Stories, the centre for children's books To visit the website of Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom click here To read an interview with Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom click here Brita Granstrom grew up on a Swedish farm and has an MFA in Fine Art from Konstfack, Stockholm. She and Mick Manning live in the Scottish Borders have four sons. Their first book together, The World is Full of Babies won the Smarties Silver Award in 1996 and their second book, What's Under the Bed? took the TES Junior Information Book Award in 1997. Yum Yum and How Did I Begin? were 2 of the 6 children's books shortlisted for the Rhone Poulene Prize in 1998. Science School made the shortlist in the following year. In 2000, Wash, Scrub, Brush! won the English Association's non-fiction award for the best picture book, with Let's Party making the shortlist in 2001. Brita won both Parenting Magazine's Book of the Year and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2000 with her illustrations for Judy Hindley's Eyes, Nose, Fingers, Toes. To visit the website of Brita Granstrom and Mick Manning click here To read an interview with Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom click here<

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847800882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847800886
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mick Manning has been writing and illustrating children's books for twenty years, often sharing the illustration with his partner, the illustrator Brita Granström. Their book awards include The Smarties Silver Award and The English Association Award (which they have won four times: 2000, 2005, 2008 and again recently in 2011 with Taff in the WAAF, the follow-up to their much loved Tail-End Charlie.) Mick and Brita are also the creators of 'Max and Kate', the long running pre-school picture story, for Ladybug Magazine in the USA.

Their most recent books are Nature Adventures and Charles Dickens. Scenes From An Extraordinary Life. Reviewed by Simon Callow in the New York Times in December 2011: ". . . anyone of any age who is interested in Dickens would gain something from this book: its verve and wit are infectious . . . The subtitle sums it up very well: a wonderful, enduring introduction for young readers."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Keller on September 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know.
Rudyard Kipling (Woodlands section)

While I would rather take my children to a park than to a library, I want them to have a well rounded knowledge base. I want them to be comfortable running down a wooded path and also find solace squishing into a pillow nest with a new book on a rainy day.

Nature Adventures (March 2011) by Manning and Granstrom has hidden literary quotations among the wonderful drawings of birds, trees and leaves. While each page has descriptions, activities and information, the main highlight is on the illustrations. The drawings are simply done, but are not cartoony. I seem to enjoy looking at them as much as my one year old.

The book breaks down the natural world into sections: In the Town, Fresh Water, Woodland, Field and Hedgerow, Wild Country, Sea Shore and Through the Seasons. A short description of the area opens the chapter and introduces the scenery. The drawings then show the flora and fauna you would find. The Fresh Water section shows children dipping jars into a stream and examining the contents (it also says to "let your prisoner go afterwards"). It also describes how to make a cast of an animal track and how to make to toasties (wild garlic on toast with cheese).

The sections cover different animal droppings for identification, leaves, bird eggs, common grasses and describes various bird calls. I have a long held fascination with the weasel family and the book taught me that ermine is actually just a white stoat.
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