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One Small Square: Woods Paperback – September 22, 1997
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"Bound to excite would-be scientists and browsers alike."ALA Booklist
"The woods are lovely, dark, and deep," wrote the poet Robert Frost. The woods are still alive with mysteries waiting to be solved, with clues ready to be brought to light. What causes the leaves to fall? Why does the chirpy chipmunk need so many nuts? How can a "twig" walk? Or a deer "freeze"? With a little detective work and some simple equipment, you can begin to uncover the secret life of the woods, plunging deeper and deeperwithout getting lostone small square at a time. Woods is just one of the exciting vibrantly illustrated volumes in the critically acclaimed One Small Square series of science and nature books for children ages 6-9.
Each book includes:
- Stunning full-color illustrations of each habitat and its creatures
- Motivating experiments and activities, along with clear, diagrammed instructions and safety tips
- A picture field guide to the habitat
- A glossary-index and resource list
One Small Squarean eye-opening seriesputs the whole world in perspective for children, one small square at a time. Each book is a thrilling, up-close encounter with mammals, insects, plants, birds, fish, amphibians, bacteria, and the ecosystems in which they live.
"Science education at its best."Science Books and Films
About the Author
Donald M. Silver is the author of more than 40 science books for children and teachers alike. In addition to the award-winning One Small Square series, he has written The Animal World, Why Save the Rain Forest?, Extinction Is Forever, and The Dinosaur Activity Bookall illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne.
Patricia J. Wynne's illustrations have also appeared in Scientific American, Natural History, and the New York Times as well as in the highy praised books Hungry, Hungry Sharks, and The Human Body.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book starts off in autumn, assuming the learner begins in the fall and in an area of deciduous trees. A small sampling of what is addressed in this book is why trees lose their leaves, how trees store energy and make energy, examples of camouflage with animals, migration of birds and butterflies, insects, spiders and their webs, lizards and mammals big and small. As the book progresses winter then spring then summer is discussed.
The illustrations are drawn and in color (just like the cover), these are not photographs. There are loads of details in the drawings. At the back is an illustrated guide to creatures grouped by their classification (leaves, mammals, fungi) and an index.
The learner is encouraged to do creative projects such as leaf and trunk rubbings. Also keeping a nature journal or notebook to record the findings is recommended.
I am surprised that so much information and creative ideas packed into this small and very inexpensive book. This is one in a series of "one small square" books and I plan to buy more to use in our homeschooling adventure. Now this is science!
I think all kids should be drawing as much as possible and this book will suggest that kids draw what they find.
It doesn't try to be a field guide, but it shows many living things in outline. This can be very helpful especially out in field when you don't want to try to carry 4 or 5 books with you.
All in all, I think this book would be a great book for any kid that wants to learn more about the outdoors, whether from their chair or outside.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We are homeschooling next year and using this series as the basis for my 1st grade science. They have amazing pictures and so much information plus extra supplemental activities. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Laura E Gardner
Too late for this year but I will use this next year for my 1st grade science to expand the seasonal nature study that I use now.Published on January 2, 2014 by Maggie'sMom
Wonderful item. Great for summer program and our before and after school activity kits. We combined it with other items related so they could take it with them on trips.Published on July 16, 2013 by Monic