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My First Book of Garden Birds

By | April 12th, 2019|Book Review|

My favourite book to use with children!  The colourful illustrations appeal to young children, but there is sufficient information about each of the 20 featured bird species to engage older ones as well.  Each bird has a ‘Guess Who’ page, which gives clues to help identify the species—for example: ‘This bird likes being around gardeners. [...]

Bobby the brown long-eared bat

By | February 13th, 2019|Book Review|

This beautifully illustrated story book gives an insight into the life and habits of one of the UK’s 18 bat species — the Brown long-eared bat.  It begins with a foreword by Chris Packham, who explains in simple terms the importance of bats and the threats that they face. He also mentions a very important point—that [...]

Spot 50 Garden Birds

By | January 29th, 2019|Book Review|

I use these ‘Spot 50’ books all the time when working outside with children (other titles include wildflowers, trees and insects).  They are easy to navigate as a simple field guide, and contain just the right level and amount of information about each species.  Each species has its own page, with a large labelled picture [...]

Call of Nature: the secret life of dung

By | September 10th, 2018|Book Review|

Henricus Peters writes: I was fortunate, back in the late 1990s, to visit the East African savannah and witness some of the most amazing wildlife there. With wildlife comes life and death – and with the life comes ‘poo’… but, now that I come to think of it, I was not ‘wading through the brown [...]

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

By | July 28th, 2018|Book Review|

This is how a review of Thor Hanson's book in the Economist begins: "BEES are wasps that went vegetarian. This was a brilliant evolutionary move: they now outnumber wasps by around three to one.  Instead of hunting creatures that would rather not be eaten, they turned to living things that offered themselves on a plate. [...]

Mini beast Magic

By | June 2nd, 2018|Book Review|

Children love minibeasts – and so do I! As an envi-ronmental education teacher, I spend a lot of time rummaging around in leaf litter, lifting up old logs and sweeping about in ponds. While pond dipping is not cov-ered in this book, there are loads of ideas for attracting, catching and observing land inverte-brates. It [...]

Spike’s Best Nest

By | May 8th, 2018|Book Review|

This is a brilliant big book to read to children outside.  A lucky charity shop find has become a book that I’ve used in various places for many different themes.  These have included reading it in a reception classroom followed by independent work making nest collages for Spike to sit in; and as part of [...]

The Book of Bees

By | March 18th, 2018|Book Review|

The winner of the 2017 Educational Writers’ Award is THE BOOK OF BEES, written by Wojciech Grajkowski, illustrated by Piotr Socha, and translated into English from the Polish by Agnes Monod-Gayraud. This year’s judges – school librarian Marion Le Lannou; London headteacher Mike Reeves; and writer, editor and publisher of books for young people Annemarie Young – [...]

The Handbook of Secondary Geography

By | February 19th, 2018|Book Review|

The GA says that its new Handbook of Secondary Geography "... provides a rich source of advice and reference on all aspects of geography teaching in secondary schools in the UK."  It has been written for Heads of Department and all teachers of geography. The GA also says that "... it also speaks to a wider audience, [...]

The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

By | January 31st, 2018|Book Review|

As an animal lover, I see the true value of animals and their important place at our side: the dog that was my best friend as a teenager; the horses I rode (or more accurately sat on and held on, for dear life!) whenever I could, to see the countryside from a different viewpoint; watching [...]