Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature

If you are looking for a great book that combines beautiful, child friendly illustrations, poetry and a love of  the world Outside Your Window…look no further. Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld have brought us all the perfect book to share with our little ones. I first bought this over a year ago, and though I am always on the lookout for new and exciting books about nature AND poetry, although not necessarily together, I still haven’t found one that I like quite as much as this one.

While at first the size of the book might seem to be off putting, it is larger than normal and heavier, too, I find these both appealing, because it reinforces to me, at least, the importance of sharing the book WITH your little darling. And believe me, you will want to and he/she will be asking to have their favorite read over and over again. Trust me!

I love that it is organized by seasons so that you can flip immediately, if you so desire, to the season that is appropriate. If you have an early reader, the type is large which I think makes it so much easier for those just starting out. And we all know how important it is for children to feel like they are successful.

Mark Hearld uses a melange of cutouts, pastel, paint, pen and ink, woodblock print and colored pencil to create his layered collages. Detailed borders and backgrounds add even more dimension. The illustrations provide an additional launch pad for conversation about what is taking place outside. Love that!

This week we were finishing up some late seed planting here, and so we read…

Planting Seeds

Seeds are so small!
so hard and dry,
like fingernails or grains of sand.
How can they grow into something you can eat?

With your help they can!

Plant them in some soil,
crumbly and moist as cake mix.
Not too deep and not too shallow.
Then water them… Then wait.

Under the earth,
the seeds soak up water, swell, and come to life.

When you see the shoots of green,
you know your seeds aren’t seeds anymore,
but baby carrots, squash, corn and cabbage.
Your tiny seeds have grown into things
that soon you’ll want to eat!

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