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Author: Jane Kirkland, et al

Illustrator: Jane Kirkland, et al

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Publisher: Stillwater Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: This handbook provides the uninformed flying insect watcher with the tools and information to help them spot, identify, observe, and understand the behavior and habitat of butterflies and dragonflies they spot in their backyard. This is a nature handbook, journal, and guide.

Type of Reading: Family reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 12

Interest Level: 7 to 12

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ ,

Young Reader Reaction: This book is a very informative book. I liked that it gives the reader strong and outstanding visual context. Every page has relevant pictures to further communicate the ideas and concepts. The facts presented in the book are so fascinating that even I felt compelled to conduct some research about butterflies and dragonflies after reading this book. Even though the book is short, it conveys enough information to get a beginning butterfly observer started. I would give this book a 6 out of 10 rating and recommend it to children from 4 to 10 years old.

Adult Reader Reaction: Like other books in the series, it is a compact paperback that fits easily into a hiking bag. The text is clear and concise, the layout complements the process of taking a serious nature walk, the reference photos and drawings are excellent, and the graphics are superb.

Pros: Science teachers, adults who are involved in scouting, after-school programs, day camp programs, or parents who are home-schooling children etc. will find this book to be an excellent tool in planning and conducting a nature or ecology walk.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Parents, teachers, scout leaders, after-school program directors, summer camp directors, et al who plan to take children on a nature or ecology walks need to buy this book for themselves and the participants. It is a must have.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TAKE A CITY NATURE WALK (Talk a Walk Book Series)   TAKE A TREE WALK (Talk a Walk Book Series)   THE INSECT BOOK; A Basic Guide to the Collection and Care of Common Insects for Young Children

Educational Themes: The focus of this guidebook is to provide a structured nature walk for young children focused on observing and identifying the butterflies and dragonflies that live in the local area. The guide is an interactive handbook which the students can use as a reference book, take field notes, and practice techniques of spotting, observing, understanding, and identifying local butterflies and dragonflies and their habitat.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - nature, health, exercise, guidebook, picture book series

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2006

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