Be a Wilderness Detective by Peggy Kochanoff
|July 13, 2013||Posted by Darlene Tobin under Action, Animals, Non-fiction|
Published by Nimbus Publishing
Reviewed by Darlene Tobin
From rabbit buttons, to old man’s beard, these are just some of the strange findings you may come across in your back garden and as close as your own doorstep. Most often we overlook these small clues. “Be a wilderness detective” takes you on a journey of discovery in and around your garden. With the aid of visible clues and helpful hints, it gives you an awareness of some of the strange things and creepy critters that live and grow in your very own back garden. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this book, we read it several times and she took it to her school to read to her class. It was also a great learning experience for me as an adult, as I did not know that the green mossy stuff on semi dead trees (lichens), known as old man’s beard is an actual fungus that grows on trees. I’ve seen it on many trees, however, thought no more of it. It was also interesting to see what coyote poop or “scat as the scientists call it” looks like. Exceptional job on the illustrations and factual data! We are greatly anticipating using what we learned from this book on our many hikes and camping trips. Children of all ages will surely enjoy “ Be a Wilderness Detective” – it is fun to read and an awesome learning resource for both children and adults alike.
To learn more about Be a Wilderness Detective by Peggy Kochanoff, click here.