Nathaniel T. Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich
October 19, 2017
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
And now for something completely different.
If you follow my blog, you know that I am all over the place. But that’s life. None of us are just one thing. So, here I am to prove it again via my review of The Naturalist’s Notebook.
As I read through this beautifully illustrated book, I was struck by what a wonderful gift this would make for parents of young children who are trying not only to carve out family activities but also to get them involved in pursuits beyond electronic ones.
The authors provide a great deal of guidance on how to become a naturalist, an observer of the natural world around you, what to look for, how to record observations, and information for further research.
As an individual who tries to observe the world around me everyday and has a philosophy of observing and not interacting in the natural world in any way that could do harm, I was not keen on the “experiment” sections, but others will probably find these sections very useful. Who knows they could even nurture a budding biologist!
The end section is a five-year calendar with sections for writing observations so this becomes not only a guide but a keepsake.
I would recommend this for anyone who would like to begin to observe their natural environment and, as I mentioned, it would make a wonderful gift. The dimensions are 8.2 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches so I think it could easily be carried around in a knapsack for easy access.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies