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Earlier this summer I reviewed Julia Rothman’s Nature Anatomy, which is a fun book for kids about the world around them: trees, mushrooms, squirrels, clouds, grizzly bears, owls, ecosystems, storms and rainbows, etc. The book is intended to encourage kids to go outside and observe the nature around them. To inspire them, Julia has come out with a notebook to be used specifically in conjunction with Nature Anatomy.
Create your own art-filled book of nature observations with Nature Anatomy author and illustrator Julia Rothman as your guide. Her simple, step-by-step drawing lessons will inspire you to sketch what you see alongside a daily written record of sightings, sounds, and discoveries. Most of the book contains pages of lines where kids can write in what they see around them, writing the year and month on the top of the page. The pages offer a picture of a flower, or a chicken, butterfly, or a mushroom.
There are other pages on the life cycle of a frog, a six-step process of how to draw that frog, how to analyze and draw a fern, or a leaf, a flower, a snowflake, an ant, a bat, a branch, a jellyfish, a bee, a butterfly, and more. They all correspond with the seasons (which can be hard in Louisiana when there really is just one season: hot. Sometimes it’s less hot, but it’s not really a different season).
At least some of the anatomy pictures are found in Nature Anatomy, such as the bee (69).
This is a nice addition to Nature Anatomy, though whether you buy it is up to you and what your child is like. Perhaps all they need is Rothman’s book and a small notebook, or just a small notebook, something that is definitely smaller and easier to carry. Though this notebook lends itself to the imagination more than a blank notebook does. And if that helps get your kids off the sofa, it’s worth considering.
- Series: Julia Rothman
- Author/Illustrator: Julia Rothman
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing (April 30, 2019)
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