I have the cutest book to review for you today, another great addition to your bookshelf. Natures Day is written by Kay Maguire and illustrated by Danielle Kroll. The quality of this book is wonderful. This hardcover book has a canvas-like texture and the title has been slightly recessed into it making it feel and look like a quality book. I’m quite a tactile person so this really appeals to me.
Natures Day Review
Nature is all around us, it’s in our gardens, along our streets, in our fields, lakes and ponds. Changes happen all the time, today I might see a flower bud tightly closed on the apple tree, tomorrow it has burst open and reveals it’s beauty to the eye. I am in the habit of walking around my garden each morning to see what has popped up, what is nearing it’s end. Being in the habit of observance helps to keep me in touch with the ever-changing seasons, and that is exactly what this book is all about.
Natures Day focus on eight outdoor locations throughout the seasons. Each new season this book takes us back to:
The Veg patch
We see how the world awakes in spring right outside our front door in our very own gardens, what early crops we see coming into season, the bird-song in the woods, how the farmer opens the barn doors and lets his animals out into the field again and how his workload begins to increase with the warm days and the quest to grow food to feed us all.
As we move into summer, we re-visit these places and see how the flowers are beginning to bloom in our gardens, how berries in our veg patch are ripening. We revisit the farmer and see how busy he is making hay in the sunshine, and how all those blossoms in the orchard have turned to fruit which now weigh down the boughs. We see the changes on our very own street from a bit of a spring clean and spruce in the springtime to the hustle and bustle of noise as children spend more time playing during the longer summer days.
Autumn sees a change in all of our eight locations again, there is a shift in the air and we know that the earth is slowing down and making ready for its winter rest. Of course the farmer is still very busy in his fields, it’s harvest time and there is much to be brought in for market and harvest festivals. Leaves are beginning to turn and fall in the woods and fungi is pushing its way up from the woodland floor. Frogs and newts swim to the silty bottom of the pond before the water freezes and we see some of our birds migrate to warmer climes. In the orchard we see fruit falling to the floor providing a feast for insects and birds alike. In the street children play conkers while the adults are busy raking up fallen leaves.
Winter is here now, the days are short and the nights long and freezing. In the garden we need to make sure that we keep the feeders full for the birds and that there is fresh water available for them. We admire the frozen spiders webs and look forward to the first snowfall. On the farm the farmer is keeping a close eye on his animals. The cows are bedded down in the barns and there are daily – twice daily trips to check on the sheep in the fields, making sure they are fed and watered. The fields lie bare and barren in winter as do the hedgerows, their last leaves having fallen to the ground. Ponds are now frozen over and it is fun to skim stones across the ice. In the street we see houses decorated for Christmas and we see the Holly bushes with their ripe red berries.
And so we reach the end of our seasonal observance and we await for the cycle to begin again.
This book will keep you and your children engaged and cultivating the habit of nature observation all the year through. I would say that this book is suitable for young children up to the age of 11. It retails at Amazon.uk for £11.99 and Amazon.com for $14.99
Wide Eyed Editions, has very kindly offered one of our readers the opportunity to win a copy of Natures Day. They have lots of fantastic children’s titles and I would encourage you to visit their website and have a look. It’s bright and colorful and fun to browse 🙂
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-originally published May 2015