Outside your window A first book of nature

Nicola Davies, 1958-

Book - 2012

Introduces the sights and sounds of the changing seasons, along city streets and in country meadow.

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Published
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press 2012.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
Physical Description
105 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
ISBN
9780763655495
076365549X
Main Author
Nicola Davies, 1958- (-)
  • Spring: Spring
  • Water
  • Bulbs
  • Listen to the pond
  • Catkin song
  • Dandelions
  • Migration
  • Gull flight
  • Lambs' tails
  • Nesting
  • Cherry blossoms
  • Rainbows
  • Planting seeds
  • Making compost
  • Summer: Summer
  • Summer song
  • Flowers
  • Honey
  • Baby birds
  • Making hay
  • Milking
  • Caterpillars, butterflies
  • Pond dipping
  • Tide pooling
  • Shell song
  • Tide
  • Lizard
  • Night
  • Five reasons to keep chickens
  • Moth
  • Growing
  • Dens
  • Autumn: Autumn
  • Wind
  • Leaves
  • Geese
  • Spiderlings
  • Feather
  • Acorn
  • Worms
  • Apples
  • Squirrel
  • Fungi
  • The loaf that Jack baked
  • Harvest
  • Berry picking
  • Winter: Winter
  • Winter trees
  • Starlings
  • The horse
  • Snow song
  • Patchwork pigeons
  • Deer in the dawn
  • Just ducks
  • The stars show
  • Beachcombing
  • Seed saving
  • A bird feast.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Best known for science books such as Extreme Animals (2006) and Surprising Sharks (2003), Davies turns to poetry in this large-format book. The poems cycle through the year from spring to winter, with more than a dozen poems in each seasonal section. Written in plain, down-to-earth language, the verse offers observations and information about the natural world as well as reflections, short narratives, and suggestions to help children to enjoy it. Hearld's mixed-media collage illustrations are unified in style but varied in technique, offering different effects that suit the subjects of individual poems. The artwork is full of life and movement, color, and texture. While few of the verses rhyme, those that do are some of the best. A versatile blend of poetry and science, this is an excellent choice for sharing across the curriculum. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Divided into seasons, this visceral introduction to the wonders of nature explores cycles and the passage of time through rich, textural images and thoughtful poems. Spring is "the busiest season." Icicles melt, frogs lay eggs, and birds migrate: "They've flown so far!/ Over forests, mountains, deserts, seas." Summer is "Time to look at the sky/ and dream," explore tide pools, and build dens. With fall come new observations ("They're not animals, and they're not plants./ They're something else—/ they're fungi: toadstools, mushrooms, molds"), and in winter "Patchwork pigeons, made of sky,/ catch the rain clouds when they fly." Debut talent Hearld layers his organic tableaux with matte, paper-cut collages, woodcuts, and other mixed-media techniques, complementing the album of ideas, images, and moods created by Davies's evocative poetry. Ages 3–up. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3—A handsome, oversize collection of original poems paired with vibrant illustrations in mixed media ranging from watercolor to collage. Broken down into seasons, the selections encourage children to observe the world around them and appreciate nature in lyrical ways. Davies describes spring bulbs "counting out the days like a calendar" so that they know winter is almost gone and summer flowers that "shout to insects with their colors." In autumn, fungi appear like "rubbery Frisbees on trunks of trees" and in winter, swarms of starlings fly together "making waves and arcs and spirals in the sunset sky." The seasons flow with the sweep and swoosh of Hearld's colorful, impressionistic artwork. Along with her joyful poetry, Davies includes directions for making a tasty "berry crumble," hints on "saving seeds" for future cultivation, and making suet "seed cakes" for winter birds. In no way a field guide (originally published in Great Britain, some of the wildlife is strictly European), this is a celebration of the world around us.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY [Page 150]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Introduces the sights and sounds of the changing seasons, along city streets and in country meadow.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A sumptuously illustrated treasury of poems reflects the experiences of very young children as they encounter nature for the first time, peppering verses about buzzing bees, bird tracks in the snow and crisp fall apples with engaging facts and activity suggestions. By the award-winning author of Surprising Sharks.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An illustrated treasury of poems reflects the experiences of children as they encounter nature for the first time.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

This gorgeously illustrated volume of poetry — sprinkled with facts and fun things to do — sows an early love for nature in all its beauty and wonder.The buzz of bees in summertime. The tracks of a bird in the winter snow. This beautiful book captures all the sights and sounds of a child’s interactions with nature, from planting acorns or biting into crisp apples to studying tide pools or lying back and watching the birds overhead. No matter what’s outside their windows — city streets or country meadows — kids will be inspired to explore the world around them. Written by award-winning author Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld, a breathtaking new talent in children’s books, Outside Your Window is a stunning reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

This gorgeously illustrated volume of poetry ' sprinkled with facts and fun things to do ' sows an early love for nature in all its beauty and wonder.The buzz of bees in summertime. The tracks of a bird in the winter snow. This beautiful book captures all the sights and sounds of a child's interactions with nature, from planting acorns or biting into crisp apples to studying tide pools or lying back and watching the birds overhead. No matter what's outside their windows ' city streets or country meadows ' kids will be inspired to explore the world around them. Written by award-winning author Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld, a breathtaking new talent in children's books, Outside Your Window is a stunning reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered.