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Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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"This beautiful field guide with winsome scientific illustrations encourages kids to get outside and experience nature with all of their senses."
"A fine primer for children and families ready to explore Cascadia’s extraordinary habitats."
"Encourage outdoor exploration and provide a summer teaching moment — without your kids even knowing it. Area resident Fiona Cohen’s descriptions of the flora and fauna are short, clear and fun, with lots of kids-friendly facts that will stick in their brains (and yours)."
“If you have a little kid with big curiosity…about the amazing array of critters and plants sharing our lush NW environment, [this book] will likely provide answers to his or her questions and spark many more.”
"Older kids who love spouting off animal facts will be all about this beautifully illustrated exploration of Pacific Northwest nature."
—Seattle Met Magazine
"Children who love the outdoors will appreciate this new book, which introduces our region's flora and fauna with simple, easy-to-follow text and meticulous line drawings."
"This book is a great complement to adventuring families."
"[This book will] help our kids learn more about our incredible area, while developing their love of learning."
—Northwest Healthy Mama
"There is so much that my children are going to learn, and I couldn’t be more excited. I recommend this nature book for any Pacific Northwest family."
—Brought to You By Mom
"I love how the book provides different layers to learning, which is part of its broad age appeal. I enjoyed reading it as much as my daughter did."
—Special Needs Travel Mom
"Not only is there a beautifully illustrated picture guide available for the kids (and me!) but then there is 1+ paragraph about each amazing creature with great details."
—Long Wait for Isabella
"Delightful… Cohen has given just enough information to intrigue the curious to look more closely, more often at the big wild world around us."
—Books 'n' Bytes
About the Author
FIONA COHEN is a science writer whose writing has appeared in the Seattle Post-IntelligencerGeorgia Straight, Victoria Times Colonist, and Canadian Geographic. She has had a lifelong passion for the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Seattle and volunteers with Seattle Audubon.
A science illustrator, writer, and educator, MARNI FYLLING has a BS in zoology from UC Davis and a graduate certificate in natural science illustration from UC Santa Cruz. Her favorite thing to do is explore tide pools--although sketching insects and wildflowers (or just about anything else) is a close second.
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That said, I was disappointed to find that it's missing black bears, cougars, bobcats, coyotes, rabbits, grey squirrels, hawks (but there are 3 species of owl)- all of which live in our neighborhood just 40 mins from Seattle. I was hoping they would be included so that my kids could learn about them too.
Maybe the next book? ;)
In each section, you start with a brief illustrated guide. The images are drawings, accurate but also attractive, in full color, and each has the name of the animal along with it. It would have been nice to also have the scientific name here, but this works well for a young reader who wants to read through it themselves. After the introduction of images, there is really meaty text full of explanations about the animal, how it will appear in nature, and even how you should interact with it. Everything from how to remove banana slug goo (rub it, don't use water) to which sand dollars are good to collect (the bleached ones, not the green ones with spikes), the book goes from education to how to go out into the field.
My 6 year old is a pretty advanced reader, and she had no issues with any of the text in the book. She was happily reading all of the sections to herself and learning about the animals of the Pacific Northwest. One other nice thing would have been some maps - we did need to explain that these are things we see when we visit Washington or Oregon, and that we wouldn't see near us necessarily.
But it's a nice quality book and a great read - far more informative than other popular kids coffee table books,but still very accessible.
It covers four habitats, Forest, Beach, Freshwater, and Backyards and Urban parks, and on the first pages of each chapter shows illustrations of each of the creatures inside (weighted toward animals, birds, and insects--with lesser focus on plant life). Following are descriptions of varying lengths, some with a single paragraph, others with several.
I would rate the book high on interest level, information, layout, writing, and illustrations. It's a nicely bound book that will be a great guide to enrich your exploring, for a visit, or to dream about one if you can't make it yet.