2012 WINNER WHITLEY AWARD FOR YOUNG NATURALIST
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Macinnis, Peter
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 01 May 2012
Bind Format: Paperback
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In stock
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ReviewsWhile it is jam-packed with trivia and educational facts–including an introduction to the biology and ecology of a group of animals–there are also projects on catching or finding unsuspecting critters ... Published by the National Library of Australia, there are captivating images, including sketches from early explorers.
Did you know that the Giant Gippsland earth worm grows to a metre in length? Or that daddy long-leg spiders hunt and eat redbacks?
Australian Backyard Naturalist is a fantastic collection of facts, photos, illustrations and projects, as well as notes from the authors own experiences.
There are fun projects to complete in your own backyard, e.g. making nest boxes for possums, making pit and fly traps, creating a frog pond, catching and keeping spiders and slugs, or creating a worm farm.
The topics covered include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, spiders, butterflies, flies, mosquitos, ants, stingers, snails, slugs, earthworms and leeches.
The graphic design is varied and interesting with no large chunks of text to discourage reluctant readers. Photos of deceased animals and close ups of fly eyes and maggots, as well as the array of fun facts will keep children turning the pages. The projects are user friendly and include checklists and easy to follow instructions using mostly every day materials.
At 222 pages it is a substantial resource for a classroom or library. It would make a lovely gift, especially for boys. My own sons were quick to grab this from the pile of review books and anything that encourages them to get away from the computer screen and discover nature is a hit with me!
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