Spring is Here and It’s Time to Get Outside!
Engaging young children in exploring their outdoor environment is an excellent way to blend learning with play. DK’s revised series, Nature Explorers is a great way to introduce young readers to their outside world by encouraging children to investigate their environment, record their findings and participate in activities around a common theme. Books in this collection include: Woodland and Forests, Seashore, Weather and Birds. Each of these books is available in Hardback or eBook format and suggested for readers between 6 and 8 years of age.
Birds is the book I requested to review from this series, or I should say, Birds is the book my children asked me to choose to review. I have started to ask for their input when I am asked to review children’s books because inevitably once my review is done the book disappears and they explore it page by page – occasionally asking me to help them understand small bits they can’t quite make out on their own. They also ask me to assist them with the creation of projects included in the books – they love science and they love crafts and I love that DK offers both in this book.
Published By: Dorling Kindersley, April 2017
Suggested Audience: 6 to 8 years
Available: Hardback or eBook
Spring is Here and It's Time to Get Outside With DK
Filled with 64-colorful and thick pages, Birds includes facts about the following:
- Looking at birds
- What is a bird?
- Feathered Friends
- Taking to the air
- Patterns in the air
- From soaring to bounding
- Finding a mate
- Eggs and hatching
- The first days
- The first flight
- Good parents
- Cup-shaped nests
- Strange nests
- Cleaning and preening
- Feeding habits
- Meat-eating birds
- Night hunters
- Bird territories
- Flying away
- Birds of the sea
- Birds of the shore
- Freshwater birds
- Woodland birds
- Desert and grassland birds
- Tropical birds
- City birds
Some of the activities included are:
- How to draw a bird
- Collecting feathers
- Make a birdbath
- Feed the birds
Birds is the perfect size for small hands too – measuring 149.225 x 193.675 mm. It is easy to pack this book for outdoor trips to allow you to explore on-the-go. The font used is clear and large enough to be read easily. The captions are written in a fun and almost childlike font and I think this extra detail and all the great pictures included help keep the reader’s attention from page to page.
This year Darla and Drew’s learning at school has paralleled some of the facts included in this book which has made it all the more exciting for them. Drew’s Kindergarten class has been watching over a nest with duck eggs for the past month and now they are watching over an incubator with eggs getting ready to hatch! Darla brought home a great little bird feeder from Brownies last Tuesday too. The kids are also super excited because we have a Morning Dove nesting in our Blue Spruce at the front of the house.
Making learning exciting and relevant is an excellent way to engage young minds. Birds, from The Nature Explorers Series is perfect for this purpose.
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This is awesome. Very detailed and eye catching. Thanks for the review!
I have always found birds to be fascinating. I love to watch them in my yard.
I love Birds, and I love this book! Great reading your review, Rhondda!
This is a beautiful reference bird book 🙂
This beautiful book would be a treat for my bird crazy 3 1/2 yo granddaughter. She has 1 of her daddy’s old bird books and can identify all the birds that visit her yard in the Blue Mountains. This book will help expand her budding ornithological mind.
What a very beautiful and informative book!
What a sweet looking book!
Wow I love all the pictures in the books – will really capture the kids eye – did with me!