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Books that Celebrate Spring

On August 31, 2012

By Jackie Small

Spring has arrived; the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Doesn’t it make your heart and soul sing?

To enjoy it though, you need to open that door and step outside.

These five books are sure to give you the incentive you need to explore the outdoors and marvel at the amazing nature around you.

 Ten Tiny Things by Meg McKinlay and Kyle Hughes-Odgers (Fremantle Press),2012

Ten Tiny Things is one very special book. Its significant message is told through an engaging story, beautiful language, and incredible, earthy illustrations painted on wood panels.

Tessa and Zachary rely on their machine to take them to school every day. When their machine breaks down, they are forced to walk to school. At first they are horrified by the thought, until they start spotting tiny things, such as feathers and shells, in hidden places.

It doesn’t take the children long to realise that the world is made up of amazing things that you can’t see if you’re stuck indoors; the only way to enjoy the world is to slow down and explore it.

My Little World by Julia Cooke and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall (Scholastic), 2011

Bursting with information, and detailed illustrations, My Little World is bound to satisfy the inquisitive minds of children and spark their interest in the little world around them. It is an invitation to explore the outdoors by searching under rocks and on leaves and stalks.

The descriptive and rhyming story is narrated by a young girl. Being small, she can bend down low to see behind curls of bark and along small braches; she notices the little things in nature that are easily missed by most people.

Read full review here.

The Bushwalk by Sandra Kendell (Windy Hollow Books), 2011

Featuring picturesque illustrations and interesting facts about Australian flora and fauna, The Bushwalk is a great introduction to non-fiction texts.

The story takes readers on a journey through the bush, where they are encouraged to explore the environment by looking for colour, listening for sounds and taking notice of the wildlife that lives there.

Read full review here.

Leaf Litter by Rachel Tonkin (Angus & Roberston/HarperCollins), 2006

Not only is Leaf Litter incredibly detailed and informative, but it’s a wonderfully engaging book for children. There are flaps to lift that reveal nature’s hidden treasures and there are tiny details to find on each page.

There are 14 double pages that show the same scene and how it changes over a 12 month period. Readers will see foliage rot, animals decompose, seeds drop, birds build nests, animals lay eggs and search for food and new plants grow.

5. For all Creatures by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool (Walker Books), 2011

For All Creatures is a poetic tribute to all of the creatures of the world.  Readers are encouraged to be thankful for their role on earth.

It is a great book for reading aloud.  The qualities, behaviours, habitats, sounds and foods of many creatures are described poetically with evocative imagery and adjectives.

Read full review here.

Jackie Small manages My Little Bookcase, an online resource that aims to model and provide parents with fun, warm, friendly and positive ways to engage their children in reading.

 

 

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