This guide to the woods of North America teaches inquisitive young naturalists how to identify trees, plants, wildlife, sounds, and geological formations they’ll find as they venture out on woodland trails. With the help of fascinating facts about the unique features of each season, kids will head off in spring to find the yellow-rumped warbler, collect wild black raspberries in the summer, and expertly spot rabbit tracks on a snowy winter trail. Get out into nature and explore!
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Henry W. Art is Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at Williams College and the author of WoodsWalk.
Michael Robbins is a writer and a former editor of Audubon and Oceans magazines and the author of Birds: A Family Field Guide.
Grade 4-6-Divided into seasonal chapters that are further subdivided into Eastern and Western forests, this book describes many different woodland plants and animals. The authors give tips for what readers might see and hear during the seasons, such as chirping frogs in the springtime; the night sounds, wild flowers, and berries of summertime; fall's characteristic migrating birds; and animal tracks in winter, all of which are well described and further illustrated with glorious color photographs. Mention is made of the six types of forests found in America; activities, such as fall leaf collecting, are scattered throughout the book; and side boxes offer explanations to common questions, such as why leaves fall. Attempting to cover so much information in one book results in a cursory overview of the topic. If your library needs a well-illustrated, clearly written, general book about forests, this one will work; if readers are looking for a field guide to take along while strolling in the woods, direct them elsewhere.
Pam Spencer Holley, Young Adult Literature Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA
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