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Summary: This book is one of the series, Take a Walk® Books. Like the others, this book focuses on a specific topic and serves as walking guide, nature reference, ecological handbook, and personal journal, all in one. This is a compact paperback that fits easily into a hiking bag.
Type of Reading: Family reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: This is a very interesting book with awesome pictures. The field guide is especially helpful for young kids in identifying animals and plants. The book is very descriptive and informative about what you can find in an urban area.
Adult Reader Reaction: The text is clear and concise, the layout complements the process of taking a nature walk, and the graphics are superb, all of which makes these books ones that will become dog-eared very quickly.
Pros: This book is superb. This book is an excellent handbook and a valuable tool for those contemplating conducting nature walks or other outdoor learning opportunities for children.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. If you are a parent, teacher, scout leader, after-school program director, summer camp director, etc. and you plan to take children on a nature walk, buy this book for yourself and the participants who will be taking the walk.
Educational Themes: As with all the Take a Walk® books, the “Tree Walk” begins in the reader’s backyard. After becoming more aware of trees around them, the walkers broaden their expedition to unfamiliar but treasure filled places. The theme of the series is that nature has wonderful and profound effects on people who take the time to learn how to enjoy it. The Take a Walk® books provide an interesting and organized process for doing so.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - nature, exercise, health, guidebook, picture book series