We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2017 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year.
Written by Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley
Illustrated by Owen Davey
Published by Wide Eyed Editions (2016)
Copy provided by Medina County District Library.
One of the perks of working in a library is being able to see new books before they go out for circulation. Our library offers educator cards for classroom and homeschool teachers. It’s pretty neat processing holds for them because they usually borrow a few books about the same subject.
A couple of months ago, I came across this massive nature book. Natural World is the first book I’ve seen from The Curiositree series, and the fourth or fifth book by Wide Eyed Editions that I’ve checked out. In this age of technology, in which kids do a lot on their phones or tablets, it’s refreshing to see these nature books that offer not just a boatload of fascinating information but also stunning illustrations.
Natural World differs from other nature books in that it contains mostly of wall charts. It does not offer a linear, “encyclopedic” way of sharing facts about nature. Rather, Natural World encourages readers to explore the book — explore nature — by starting wherever they like. Readers, of course, may choose to read it from cover to cover. However, the book contains colored arrows on the margins of the pages that point to other pages connected to the original one. (Because everything is connected in nature. *wink*)
Natural World is beautifully put together. I did not read it in its entirety, but I most certainly enjoyed flipping through pages, following the colored arrows, and looking at the various wonders from nature. I highly recommend it for readers of all ages.