Encourages children to discover and learn about nature by using their senses while developing their deductive skills observing the clues found around them.
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Grade 3-6?Biesiot's combination of a "treasure hunt" approach with fine illustrations and concise accurate glimpses into animals' lives results in a lively and appealing book that will surely spark children's interest in nature. The artist begins with the premise that all living creatures leave "clues" to their identity, which may be easier to find than the animals themselves. A "Clue Directory" shows readers how to investigate nature through sights, sounds, and smells. Divided into color-coded sections by season, the book contains a series of such clues to specific creatures. On facing pages, these animals are identified in a few telling sentences and depicted in small colorfully detailed pictures. Much of the wildlife (including birds, mammals, fish, insects, and reptiles) can be found in backyards and parks, so that children just about anywhere in the U.S. will be able to find some of them without making a special trip. A symbol designates those animals found in national parks or wilderness areas. The chapter on winter has an extended section on interpreting animal tracks. Not intended to be a substitute for more conventional field guides, Biesiot's book will lead children to ask questions and seek answers.?Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
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A field guide, published in cooperation with the Denver Museum of Natural History, that encourages children to observe plants and animals in nature throughout the year. For each season, Biesiot presents a dozen animals in watercolors, with clues for finding the creatures, some of which are common (cicadas, spiders, robins, rabbits, earthworms, ants) and others that may require going farther afield (black bear, bison, elk, golden eagle). On the bottom of many pages are invitations for further investigation. Overall, Biesiot has good information to share, but the format of the book is cluttered, and the drawings lack detail. While appealing, they are not done to scale; from the tracks and figures of the black bear and chipmunk, readers could conclude that the animals are roughly the same size. (glossary, further reading, index). (Nonfiction. 8-10) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Roberts Rinehart, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111570980829