Kids are born nature detectives, and the backyard explorer kit brings the joy and adventure of discovery to what kids do naturally. Comprising the Tree & Leaf Guide, a Leaf Collecting Album, and a see-through heavy plastic collecting envelope, it's the young naturalist's complete tree primer. The fully illustrated Tree & Leaf Guide shows examples of all the major leaf and needle shapes, and lists the common trees they match up with. It explains how to press leaves and mount them in the Leaf Collecting Album. With leaf and tree projects for all year round, the backyard explorer kit is a wonderful introduction to the yard, the park, or the woods. Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Suitable for ages 5-10. 245,000 copies in print.
This fun, photo-filled, and fact-packed guide to trees will make kids stop and look up at the trees towering over them right in their own backyards. From maple to birch, pine to cherry, kids will learn how and where to spot these trees all over the United States. With tons of info and interactivity prompts, it's the perfect companion for backyard or field trips, camping or vacation. Durable and portable, it's just right for your pocket or backpack!
A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World's Great Trees
Author: Allen J. Coombes
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Of all our childhood memories, few are quite as thrilling, or as tactile, as those of climbing trees. Scampering up the rough trunk, spying on the world from the cool green shelter of the canopy, lying on a limb and looking up through the leaves at the summer sun almost made it seem as if we were made for trees, and trees for us.Even in adulthood, trees retain their power, from the refreshing way their waves of green break the monotony of a cityscape to the way their autumn transformations take our breath away. In this lavishly illustrated volume, the trees that have enriched our lives finally get their full due, through a focus on the humble leaves that serve, in a sense, as their public face. The Book of Leaves offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most impressive and beautiful leaves from around the world. Each leaf is reproduced here at its actual size, in full color, and is accompanied by an explanation of the range, distribution, abundance, and habitat of the tree on which it’s found. Brief scientific and historical accounts of each tree and related species include fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden its portrait. The Henry’s Maple, for instance, found in China and named for an Irish doctor who collected leaves there, bears little initial resemblance to the statuesque maples of North America, from its diminutive stature to its unusual trifoliolate leaves. Or the Mediterranean Olive, which has been known to live for more than 1,500 years and whose short, narrow leaves only fall after two or three years, pushed out in stages by the emergence of younger leaves. From the familiar friends of our backyards to the giants of deep woods, The Book of Leaves brings the forest to life—and to our living rooms—as never before.
Inspiration From the Garden--A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups
Author: Sharon Lovejoy
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
A magical book of adventures and appreciations written and illustrated by the author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots this award-winning title was published by a small press in Colorado in 1991. The reviews say it all: A fetching primer on gardening for children. . . . Irresistible (The Smithsonian). What child, or indeed adult, would not be delighted? Lovejoy's recollections are wonderful, as are the illustrations (Victoria). Celebrating the lore of the garden and the joy of interacting with nature, Sunflower Houses is a unique garden lover's miscellany, a collection of memories, poems, activities, garden plans, crafts, botanical riddles, stories, games, and planting projects. There are inspirations for a Floral Clock Garden, A Child's Own Rainbow, Faerie Tea Parties, and, of course, the Sunflower House. Plus, from garden lovers, stories of favorite flowers. Throughout are the artist's warm and appealing watercolors of a life in gardening remembered.
Featuring a special section on how children can make a tree identification book of their own, this title is a bright and colorful introduction to trees, leaves, and their inner workings in nature. Full color.
Trees are amazing, and this first picture book is the perfect introduction for kids keen to learn more about them. In a supersized lightweight format, the book can be read on the floor, held up by a teacher or parent to show and share with a group, and enjoyed by all children whether alone or with others.Thematic spreads introduce incredible trees of all kinds, including lots of the most popular and well-known varieties that children might recognize, as well as intriguing and unusual species to find out about. Beautiful large illustrations by expert natural history artists are full of detail, and there is a bonus at the back of the book with an entire pictorial forest of even more trees to explore!
In the middle of a little forest, there lives a Little Tree, who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of long summer days. Life is perfect just the way it is. Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree's leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree - he hugs his leaves as tightly as he can. Year after year Little Tree remains unchanged, his leaves having long since turned brown and withered. What would he be without them? From #1 New York Times bestselling Loren Long, creator of the Otis series, comes a gorgeously illustrated story that challenges each of us to have the courage to let go. And to grow.
A hands-on guide to our incredible natural world Which plants are carnivorous? What's the smelliest plant in the world? And what is the most bizarre-looking flower? This eye-opening book explores the amazing diversity of the natural world, examining how plants grow, reproduce, defend themselves, and survive against the odds in some of the harshest climates on Earth. Packed with pop-ups, booklets, and flaps and accompanied by detailed artwork, this hands-on, fact-packed guide explains key curriculum knowledge in an accessible and fun way that's perfect for budding botanists.
Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. Brother and Sister think Mama and Papa are too bossy, so the Bear family decides to switch places so they can see what life is like through each other’s eyes. This beloved story is a perfect way to teach children about empathy and appreciating their family.
How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups
Author: Leonard Sax
Publisher: Basic Books
In The Collapse of Parenting, physician, psychologist, and internationally acclaimed author Leonard Sax presents data documenting a dramatic decline in the achievement and psychological health of American children. Sax argues that rising levels of obesity, depression, and anxiety among young people—as well as the explosion in prescribing psychiatric medications to kids—can all be traced to parents letting their kids call the shots. Many parents are afraid of seeming too dictatorial and end up abdicating their authority rather than taking a stand with their own children. If kids refuse to eat anything green and demand pizza instead, some parents give in, inadvertently raising children who are more likely to become obese. If children are given smartphones and allowed to spend the bulk of their free time texting, playing video games, and surfing the Internet, they become increasingly reliant on peers and the media for guidance on how to live, rather than getting such guidance at home. And if they won't sit still in class or listen to adults, they're often prescribed medication, a quick fix that actually undermines their self-control. In short, Sax argues, parents are failing to prioritize the parent-child relationship and are allowing a child-peer dynamic to take precedence. The result is children who have no absolute standard of right and wrong, who lack discipline, and who look to their peers and the Internet for direction, instead of looking to their parents. But there is hope. Sax shows how parents can help their kids by reasserting their authority—by limiting time with screens, by encouraging better habits at the dinner table and at bedtime, and by teaching humility and perspective. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of experience as a family physician and psychologist, along with hundreds of interviews with children, parents, and teachers across the United States and around the world, Sax offers a blueprint parents can use to refresh and renew their relationships with their children to help their children thrive in an increasingly complicated world.
Bringing the world of TREES to your fingertips, FANDEX presents a foolproof field guide. Four visual keys--die-cut leaf, bark pattern, flower, nut or seed, and photo of the full tree--plus descriptions of habitat and more combine to give a complete picture of North America's forest and backyard trees. In addition, TREES is a cultural history--of the mighty White Oak, California Redwood, Aillanthus, the tree that grows in Brooklyn, and the stately White Ash, as important for the bows of early Native Americans as for the baseball bats of today. 50 DIE-CUT CARDS FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT KNOWLEDGE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY