Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Paperback8.5 x 11, 312 pages, with full-color and black-and-white illustrations

The ultimate guide to nature drawing and journaling! A potent combination of art, science, and boundless enthusiasm, the latest art instruction book from John Muir Laws (The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds) is a how-to guide for becoming a better artist and a more attentive naturalist. In straightforward text complemented by step-by-step illustrations, dozens of exercises lead the hand and mind through creating accurate reproductions of plants and animals as well as landscapes, skies, and more. Laws provides clear, practical advice for every step of the process for artists at every level, from the basics of choosing supplies to advanced techniques. While the book’s advice will improve the skills of already accomplished artists, the emphasis on seeing, learning, and feeling will make this book valuable—even revelatory—to anyone interested in the natural world, no matter how rudimentary their artistic abilities.

The information is organized and nicely presented for being such a large book. And, wow, there is a lot in there! Many ways for any art and nature lover to enjoy this book. Middle and high school teachers and students can easily use this as a resource to create lesson plans in art, science, and creative writing. It is a true idea sparker.

Heyday Books/ John Muir Laws provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Whether you’re an animal lover or a grammar geek, illustrator Matt Sewell has the perfect menagerie of beasts (and beast-related terms) for your reading pleasure. Along with fifty-five gorgeous color illustrations, Sewell presents the unexpected collective nouns used to describe groups of animals on land, in the air, and in the water. Discover the secret behind a “sleuth of bears,” keep your eyes open for a “watch of nightingales,” and learn something new about a “school of whales.” Illustrated in inimitable watercolor, this book makes a great gift for nature and art lovers everywhere.

Size: 5.6″ x 7.6″, hardcover

Pages: 144
Short text and super watercolor illustrations. This is a fun book. It would be useful for home school science or art or even creative writing. A nice gift for an animal or nature fan. Recommend.

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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In glorious onomatopoeia, Tim McCanna takes the reader on a dazzling journey as a fox seeks shelter from a rainstorm.

Drip
Drop
Plip
Plop
Pitter
Patter
Pat.

As the rain begins, a little fox seeks shelter. But then it builds and builds into to a torrential storm.

Wash! Wham!
Lash! Whirl!
Bash! Swirl!
Hiss! Slap! Slam!

Both a visual feast and a joy to read aloud, this stunning picture book showcases the power and beauty of nature.

Hardcover, 32 pages

Super terrific illustrations! The text is limited to single words as readers follow a fox during a rain storm. Enjoyable to read over and over; this book is a keeper 🙂

The last page is an informative page about water. A good resource for the classroom.

This book was provided by Tim McCanna (thank you for the autographed copy) to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Loretta Bird Feeder - Lazy Hill Farm Designs by Good Directions

(google image of the cedar roof style. copper roof feeder pic coming soon)

Just up  ~ this artful feeding station. And the birds love it. It is made in America – a Lazy Hill designed feeder- of a maintenance free composite PVC base. (sits on a 4×4 post) It arrived fully assembled, measuring 11”L x 11”W x 26”H. With a bright and cheery copper roof, this feeder holds 3 lb. of seed. The arches add a contemporary touch; all features of this design work nicely together

About Good Directions
Founded in 1982, Good Directions, Inc. designs and manufactures high-end home and garden accents for homeowners who want to raise the experience of outdoor living to an art form, including weathervanes, cupolas, bird feeders, fire bowls, rain chains, etc. Working closely with local artisans, they ensure a high quality product and an excellent consumer experience, while striving to provide innovative new products to help retailers grow within the evolving outdoor industry.

Good Directions provided this bird feeder to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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Lift the lid on eight animal habitats to see the extraordinary natural stories that happen above and below the surface. From the rainforest to the ocean and the macro to the micro, lift the flap to explore the fascinating relationships occurring in each of the world’s ecosystems.

Hardcover, 22 pages, 8.5 in W | 12 in H

Kane Miller Books specializes in award-winning children’s books from around the world.

Wonderful book. A great home school resource and a good book for nature lovers. Each habitat presented covers both pages and includes a half page flap for a different viewpoint. The habitats in the book are the following: the ocean, the rainforest, the North Pole, the river, mountain caves, the savannah, the clifftop, and the forest. Fun spotting the animals described in their habitats. Good for little and big kids. The illustrations and flap page makes it a fun way to learn. 

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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Flying Frogs and Walking Fish: Leaping Lemurs, Tumbling Toads, Jet-Propelled Jellyfish, and More Surprising Ways That Animals Move

A red-lipped batfish waddles across the sea floor on its fins, searching for small sea creatures to eat. Other animals may fly or glide, or jet-propel themselves to get around. These creatures come equipped with legs, wings, or tentacles, and they often move from place to place in surprising ways. In the latest eye-catching escape into the kingdom of Animalia, Caldecott Honor-winning team Jenkins and Page show how animals roll, fly, walk, leap, climb, swim and even flip! This fascinating and fun illustrated nonfiction melds science, art, biology, and the environment together in a detailed and well-researched book about how animals move in our world today.

hardcover, 40 pages, nonfiction

Lively book on ways certain creatures move. The book contained more “creatures” than what I would call animals. The list of these critters include fish, reptiles, insects, echinoderm, cephalopods, mollusks, and even larva. The illustrations are artful and fun for preschoolers. But here again, my little reader is looking at things like larva? We would have liked this book to have included more classic animals. But that’s just our opinion. 

A two page reference spread at the end of the book contains more information on the animal like their habitat, size, and general description. This nonfiction picture book could also be good for a research project as well as science and creative writing topic starters. 

This book provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Perfect for Valentine’s Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.  Love Is is an Amazon.com Book of the Month.

32 page hardcover book recommended for ages 2-5

My review: LOVE it! A beautiful story about a girl caring for a duckling over the course of a year. A smile worthy read for both grown up and little listener. This story includes strong character traits. Super sweet narrative with equally adorable illustrations. This will be a keepsake book for us

Good for Easter or baby shower gift. Good book just because. 

This book was provided by Diane Adams (thank you for the autographed copy) to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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