Maple syrup, fireflies, tides and scat (otherwise known as animal poop!) are just a few of the vast array of topics that Peggy Kochanoff explores in this highly readable and engaging guide to the wonders of the natural world. Each of the book’s 10 short sections focuses on a particular question and invites young readers to “look closely and find out.” Children and adults will find a wealth of easily-digestible information within these pages; readers of all ages will appreciate how much there is to discover in the world around us.
With beautiful watercolour illustrations that help highlight and demonstrate the information presented, this book provides intriguing facts about plants, animals and natural phenomena that young people in this region might encounter. Kochanoff writes in a way that is accessible and entertaining, inspiring young readers to be curious and to ask questions, while reminding them to pay attention to the details that often hold the keys to nature’s many mysteries. With a page of wilderness activities, a glossary and suggested reading at the back, this book will likely serve as a springboard for further reading and discussion, and for many outdoor adventures.
Be a Wilderness Detective: Solving the Mysteries of Fields, Woods & Coastlines
by Peggy Kochanoff
$14.95, paperback, 52 pp.
Nimbus Publishing, May 2013