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NATURE DISCOVERY IN MY BACKYARD

2010 Preferred Choice Book Award

Children will use their senses to explore nature. They will smell, hear, feel, and see their way through their own backyard nature discovery.  Each page offers a unique look into nature, with colorful pictures that will challenge your children to find all that nature has to offer. In the back of the book, parents and educators will find amazing tips for going on a nature discovery with their children and students any time of the year!  The Nature Notes in the back of the book provide exciting information about the plants and animals in our nature discovery. This book also links to the Model Early Learning Standards so that educators can use this.

Publisher: The Little Environmentalists

ISBN: 9780982037102

Retail Price: $7.95

Date Published: September 2008

Email:thelittleenvironmentalists@yahoo.com

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NATURE DISCOVERY IN MY BACKYARD REVIEWS

New Age Mama
September 21, 2010

The New Age Mama household does everything we can to be green. We use cloth diapers. We recycle. And we get involved with community clean ups. I want my children to know from an early age how important it is to make care of our planet and to really appreciate the beauty of nature. One great way to do that is with the books available at The Little Environmentalists.

We received two of the wonderful books from The Little Environmentalists to review. The first is “Go Green with Me”. This fun book is filled with rhymes and colorful pictures that will grab a child’s attention. But each page also teaches them the little things they can do to help preserve our natural resources. It talks about recycling, turning off lights and water, and buying organic. These are all things I already try to get my kids to do, and they often roll their eyes at me. But this book is making it seem more like a game than a chore, and is really encouraging them to do it.

The second book we reviewed is “Nature Discovery”. This book will get your children exploring their own back yard in search of butterflies, animals, and even flowers. The story takes you on an adventure in your own back yard, and each page lists the different types of creatures you might encounter. Its a fun story with real pictures of children as well as some cute illustrations that kids are sure to love.

The stories are wonderful and educational, but what I like best about The Little Environmentalist is that they give back. One dollar of every purchase goes to the National Wildlife Federation. Buying their books is a great way to teach your children about the environment, while helping it at the same time. What more can you ask for? Well, how about a giveaway?

One very lucky winner is going to receive a copy of Nature Discovery in My Own Backyard. To enter, please visit The Little Environmentalists and tell me something you learned. For additional entries, you can do any of the following, but you must complete this initial entry first. Any entries that do not follow these guidelines will be deleted.

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This giveaway will end at midnight on 10/11/10 and is open to the US only. The winner will be chosen via a random number generator. Thanks again to The Little Environmentalists for offering this great prize!

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A Mom's Impression
February 4, 2010

I am constantly trying to find ways to encourage my students to take care of the planet in their own small way. We recycle in our classroom and collect juice pouches from our lunches to be reused and turned into pencil pouches (through Teracycle). We might only be in kindergarten, but I believe it is important to teach children how to take care of the planet we live in at an early age.

I was fortunate to receive two special books from The Little Environmentalists to review. The first book I reviewed is Nature Discovery In My Backyard, written by Rebecca Mattano and designed by Keara Harris. Nature Discovery In My Backyard is a book full of photographs of a little girl discovering different plants, animals, and insects in her backyard. I appreciate the book because it incorporates nature, discovery, and the ability to use your senses into the story. The book uses rhyme and repetition to encourage even the youngest readers to enjoy the book. For parents and educators there are tips for nature discovery and nature notes included in the back of the book. Nature Discovery In My Backyard is a wonderful book for any educator of young children to incorporate into their science curriculum.

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Mom's Best Bet
October 2, 2009

My daughter and I made sand angels and then read two books by the sea. The books we read were by "The Little Environmentalists." The first book was "Nature Discovery In My Backyard" and the seconds was, "Go Green With Me." I really enjoyed reading these books because they both help children gain environmental awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of the aina or land around them.

The first book talks about what the little girl sees and hears in her backyard. My daughter identified with some of the things but also learned about animals that are not native to Hawaii such as a hedgehog.

The second book called, "Go Green With Me" was her favorite because it had very sweet pictures and fun little facts that got her wondering and talking. I liked how it was simplistic but gave the reader clear steps to go green such as: recycle, turn off the water, start a garden, and using the sun for energy. Even the printing is 100% recycled, chlorine free, and they use environmentally friendly ink

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The Old Schoolhouse
June 10, 2009

This simple, easy-to-read book is a good way to get little ones to see God's wonderful creation in the world around them. The book describes what a little girl can see, hear, smell, and touch as she explores her backyard. On most of the pages, there is a list of things that your child can look for outside--a cricket, a bumblebee, different flowers, and a butterfly to name a few. Also included are simple diagrams to explain the life cycle of a monarch butterfly, the stages of a frog's life, and how a dragonfly is born.

At the end of the book there are some tips for parents. The tips for nature discovery give some great pointers for exploration. Using all the senses, putting out animal feeders, and going on a nature discovery hunt are just a few of the ideas listed and described. On the nature notes pages, the different animals and ecosystems listed in the book are described in further detail. This is a great tool for parents to use with their children, and it also encourages further research.

Children ages 3-7 will enjoy the simple language and colorful pages. My younger children enjoyed looking at the pictures and then trying to find some of different insects in our own backyard. For those who do not have a science program or need a supplement to their curriculum, this book is an excellent choice.

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Mommy Goggles
October 2, 2008

We love reading books and we look forward to story time in our house. Tucker talks about what book he can 'read' every day! When we received the Nature Discovery “In My Backyard” book, he immediately sat down next to me and asked me to read it to him. The illustrations speak to him, as a child, and as a parent, I love how the book speaks to the child, yet it teaches him or her things such as:

What birds are in our backyards

     

    Illustrations on how a dragonfly is born

    What is on the ground when you sit down

And more! This is such a fun and learning book. We love and you know that you will too!

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Growing Your Baby
October 8, 2008

Exploring around the backyard is something that all kids do. The only question is: Do they know what they are looking at?

Nature Discovery In My Backyard is a great book created by a mom, Rebecca Mattano, that will help your child identify some of the cool stuff they find. From identifying different varieties of butterflies and their lifecycle to helping differentiate between a maple leaf and a birch leaf.

Common flowers and birds are explained in a language that your child will understand.

Older kids will also benefit from the Nature Discovery Tips and Nature notes listed at the back.

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I'm No Supermom
October, 2008

“The pictures in this book are beautiful and my daughter loves pointing out the girl in each picture as I tell her what she sees. This book has become her favorite over Monster's Inc over the past few days and I couldn't be any happier.”

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Sassy Frazz
November 17, 2008

I really like books for kids that are educational! I was excited to get the Nature Discovery In My Backyard book for review from the Little Environmentalists. The pictures in the book are very realistic (look like photos) and they are big pictures.

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Stay at Home Moms Answer
November, 2008

“For environmentally conscious, eco-friendly parents, the process of teaching your child how to appreciate and protect the environment can sometimes be rather difficult. Thanks to The Little Environmentalists, a company that is dedicated to sharing environmental knowledge, this process has just become drastically easier.”

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Accidental Mommies - What's That Smell
October, 2008

“The book is the perfect size and length for kids and the images are appealing. It is attractive and adds a sense of whimsy that is essential for helping kids explore and expand their imaginations, and keep them interested. The short activities on each page are fun and interesting and even I learned a thing or two reading through it.”

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What's Hot for Tots and Moms Too!
October 16, 2008

When today's moms and dads were kids, exploring nature meant catching lightning bugs, creating an ant farm or making a mud pie. But with hot button topics like environment, sustainability, green and organic, today's little consumers will quickly need to become little environmentalists. Where to get started when your youngster is just starting to explore his world? Try the backyard!

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Moms Most Traveled
November 3, 2008

Nature Discovery In My Backyard is a book written for preschoolers and early readers about the environment that is all around them.

I am striving to be more green, eco-friendly, and environmentally aware in my home. I have often wondered how I can pass these values on to my young children without frightening them with scary tales of greenhouse gases.

Nature Discovery In My Backyard is the perfect book for sharing lofty ideas about ecology with little ones.

The book follows a little girl who is exploring her yard. She finds interesting things like a butterfly, a praying mantis, a bluebird, and soft, green grass.

Things that captivate your child when you are outside together make for great “mini nature lessons.”

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Kid Buy Products
October 23, 2008

In keeping with my theme this week of trying to find ways to introduce my little urban babies to nature, I have a new book to tell you about: Nature Discovery in My Backyard.

This book is the first in a new series of environmental children's books. The book is written to provide a complete sensory experience as your explore your "backyard" with your children. Nadia who is nearly 3 enjoys the book because it doesn't just explore common elements of nature like trees and leaves, but elaborates by showing pictures of different kinds of leaves and about seeing unusual animals like ground hogs. Well, at least animals we don't typically see in the city!

The illustrations are colorful, but not cartoony. They are softened images of a young girl exploring the trees and grass and flowers in her backyard. In the back of the book you'll find tips for going on your own nature discovery as well as tips for educators and a section of nature notes in the back about some of the plants, animals and insects introduced in the book.

The Little Environmentalists is a company created by a mother of two with an impressive resume. You can read more about Rebecca Metanno here. She's an educator, environmentalist and a mom which makes her very aware of not only how important it is to educate our children about their environment, but she found a way to do it in a kid friendly format. Nature Discovery in My Backyard has become a tool for really discussing what we find as we wander the streets of our neighborhood here in Chicago. We may not have a lot of ground hogs and porcupines, but it doesn't keep us from exploring!

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Did You See That
October, 2008

“I want to start talking to my kiddos as soon as I can about topics like environment, sustainability, green and organic - I want to teach them today about their responsibility for tomorrow. That's why I was so tickled to receive the book Nature Discovery In My Backyard.”

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Two of a Kind Working on a Full House
October, 2008

“At 15 months old, I already have a bookworm. We sat down to read this book and Evan was engrossed. The pictures in the book are great. They actually LOOK like the flowers, trees, and animals that they're supposed to! This book takes you on a journey with a little girl that is discovering everything that is around in your yard if you just open your eyes.”

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Being Savvy
October 31, 2008
How curious is your little one? Extremely, I bet. This is the perfect time to begin teaching and exploring nature! And as the leaves start turning colors, there's plenty to discover, even in your own back yard.

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Frugal Mommy
December 4, 2008

As a homeschooling parent, I am always looking for new and fun ways to teach my daughter! We had a great & educational time with this book.

I really like that the book includes "Tips for Nature Discovery". Which for me opens up alot of ideas for "hands-on" science class.

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A Book Blogger's Diary
November 2008

As a kid, the home I lived in had a huge backyard and an even bigger front garden. One of my earliest pleasures was to sit in the velvety grass and watch the butterflies and wonder at the shapes the clouds made. As I grew older, I began to climb trees and collecting the feathers of the various birds that flocked to our trees was a joyous activity. Nature was around me and I was in my element, enjoying it to the full. It's something I want for my own kids. But that's not easy these days what with the lure of Television and Xbox that hold the kids indoors. Which is why I was happy to accept when given an opportunity to review this book, which is something that seems to have come out of my own childhood!

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Supervillain
December 2008

We received a copy of The Little Environmentalists' first book, Nature Discovery in My Backyard. I was impressed with how much information is included in what seems like an ordinary children's picture book! You can choose to read the basic story with its sweet rhyme about taking a closer look at things around you on a nature walk but the best part, to me, is the "Nature Notes" section in the back that gives you more in-depth information about all sorts of things you might find in your backyard. I didn't spend much time outside when I was a kid, so I felt like it gave me a little more insight into the kinds of questions my children might ask on a nature walk. Roo was mostly interested in seeing what the little girl in the story found in her backyard-bluebird, butterfly, praying mantis. She wanted to go outside immediately and find stufffor herself, which I took as a sign that the book was doing its job!

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Lille Punkin Reviews
Nature Discovery

January 2009

Whether you consider yourself a "green" family, or just one who loves to learn, there is a special new book available to help give little ones an exciting start in their quest for knowledge of the world around them. Nature Discovery in My Backyard by The Little Environmentalists is a cute and engaging picture book designed to get curious little minds on the right path towards appreciation of nature.

This book uses the senses to help children identify and discover the things that may be living in their own backyards: trees, birds, flowers, mammals, bugs, and more! The book features a small child that kids can relate to, and the messages on each page are simple, yet open-ended enough to prompt real discussion between parents and children. There is also a section for parents in the back of the book for conducting real at-home science and nature lessons!

My kids wanted me to read this one over and over again. (And even now, I can't find the book to refer to -- they keep taking it and putting it in their library!)

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The Full Mommy
April 17, 2009

Earth Day Book: Little Environmentalists

I know that even though my family tries to be as green as we can comfortably be, it's not always easy to explain to the youngest of kids why we do the things we do for the Earth and it's people.

Two books by The Little Environmentalists are aimed at the younger set of would-be eco-advocates.

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Teaching Ecology to Little Ones
January 3, 2009
By Candice K. Broom "The Can Can" (an American in Laos) -

I am striving to be more environmentally aware in my home. I have often wondered how I can pass these values on to my young children without frightening them with scary tales of greenhouse gases.

Nature Discovery In My Backyard is the perfect book for sharing lofty ideas about ecology with little ones.

The book follows a little girl who is exploring her yard. She finds interesting things like a butterfly, a praying mantis, a bluebird, and soft, green grass.

Things that captivate your child when you are outside together make for great "mini nature lessons."

The rhyming text and the beautiful illustrations never fail to hold my child's attention.

I especially love reading nonfiction books to preschoolers, because their minds are so absorbent. I enjoy filling hungry minds with factual information.

Nature Discovery In My Backyard has a Tips For Nature Discovery section, to give parents and educators good ideas for exploring nature with children year-round.

The Nature Notes in the back of Nature Discovery In My Backyard give more detailed information about things like animals you might see, the life cycle of butterflies, and interesting facts about leaves. These Nature Notes are a big help for parents for answering questions from inquiring minds!

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Nature study for the youngest child
October 20, 2008
By May Flower (WI) -

The world is full of wonder all around, even in your own backyard! Take a few moments with the young child in your life to look around, learn about and explore nature closest to you and use "Nature Discovery in My Backyard" as a catalyst for discussion. Best for toddlers to age 5, the picture book shows many common species and items you'd expect to see just outside your door: a maple leaf, bee, blue jay, dragonfly, butterfly and pinecone (just to name a few). Real pictures of a little girl exploring nature have been digitally altered into watercolor like illustrations covering the entirety of each page spread. Special educational insets on every other page provide pictures for discussion for each topic covered. Parents and educators will find the notes and tips for nature discovery in the back of the book useful for further exploration. Best of all, the book is environmentally friendly, printed on 100% post-consumer waste. My only criticism is that we would be hard-pressed to find some of the examples in the book in our backyard: a porcupine, lady slipper, praying mantis and buckeye tree? Not typically around here.

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The graphics are stunning!
September 19, 2008
By L. Orman (Madison, WI USA) -

My son just loved this book. The graphics are reminiscent of photographs with watercolor paint washed over them, just beautiful. The messages for the child are simple and my son really embraced the ideas that nature right in your own backyard can be enjoyed through all our senses, and it made him want to go explore our yard in a new way. There's also a lot of ideas and information for parents in the back of the book which I found very helpful and inspiring.

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Momma In Flip Flops2
April 22, 2009

The Little Environmentalist - Review & Giveaway!
With spring here and spending time outdoors is a must in this home - we are enjoying the book Nature Discovery In My Backyard by The Little Environmentalist. This is the first book from the 3 book series from The Little Environmentalist. You can read my other two reviews here.

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Renee Campbell
May 7, 2009

Hello!
I recently won the Little Environmentalists book Discovery in my Backyard from The Full Mommy blog. First off, let me say thank you! I received the book in the mail today and I was very impressed with the story and the little nature facts you sprinkled throughout the story and in the back of the book. I feel like I can read this book to my daughter now, when she is almost three, and again when she is older and she will learn new age-appropriate things each time I read it to her. I also liked the "don't just read about it, get up and do something" Tips for Nature Discovery. We're planning an insect hunt as soon as the rain stops here. I enjoyed your book and I love the message your are trying to relay with it. I believe this book will be read many times in my house. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

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Outnumbered 3 to 1
May 2009

The Little Environmentalists sent a copy of each of these books for my family to enjoy. We all enjoyed both of these books and plan to use the nature tips on our own little outdoor adventures.

What I especially loved about Nature Discovery In My Backyard is the pictures in the book are real and each page shows pictures of 4 different plants, insects or animals. It also tells about the life of different plants and animals in the back of the book. I even learned a few things about my favorite insect (the butterfly) from this book. I think the tips in Go Green With Me are a great way to teach children about ways they can help save the environment even at a very young age.

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