Title: My Hike in the Forest
Author & Illustrator: Neecy Twinem
Publisher: Muddy Boots, 2017
Themes: animals, plants, forests, adventure, hiking
Down the soft path and into the lush forest, we eagerly begin our hike. All is quiet, but we know the woods are full of life. What will we encounter today—birds, flowers, maybe even a deer?
A book about hiking and exploring. Young readers will be guided along a path in a deciduous forest that reveals fairly-like ferns, beautiful songbirds, a frog, a chipmunk, some wild turkeys, and even an appearance by a whitetail deer!
Why I like this book:
My Hike in the Forest is the perfect book to encourage young reader to put on their hiking boots, if possible grab a camera and some binoculars, and head off down some nature trails in their local forest. The illustrations are very lush and evoke the intense greens of a deciduous forest.
With lyrical language, each double-paged spread introduces the readers to common flora and fauna found in a typical deciduous forest, many of which will be familiar to children. The border of each spread contains some more simple facts about the species encountered, for example, “baby rabbits are called kittens,” and “snakes stick out their tongues to pick up smells and feel things.” The corners of the borders contain objects found on the end pages—backpacks, binoculars, compass….
There is a scavenger hunt at the back of the book, which invites to experience the hike in a different way.
Penn State has some excellent lesson plans (K-5) about forestry and natural resources.
Fantastic Fun and Learning has five fun forest science activities for kids
Kids Craft Room has an excellent leaf-threading activity helping younger children develop fine motor skills.
bichobolaecocostura.blogspot.com has some great craft ideas kids could do right now in the heart of fall.
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