An essential guide to encourage children to explore, enjoy and benefit from the natural world around them.
** "This thought-provoking book should provide many opportunities to discuss and learn from the natural world. Highly recommend for classrooms and libraries." –School Library Journal Starred Reviews **
Children are used to hearing about how important it is to protect nature, but they may not fully understand how the natural world can positively impact their emotional wellbeing. With that in mind, this book looks to enhance this time spent outside and show children how nature can be fun, uplifting, consoling, and even offer companionship.
This is a book about how nature can touch us all and help us with our lives (especially when we might be feeling bored, sad, or lonely). Children learn about the ways in which they can be comforted, inspired, and uplifted by examples of nature such as:
– a flowing river
– a cow in a field
– clouds in the sky
– rabbits in their burrows
– stars at night
– or a cuddle with a favorite puppy.
This is an inspirational book, not just educating children about the natural world, but teaching them to love and connect with it. Beautiful illustrations and a tone that is encouraging, warm and accessible makes it easy for children, and their favorite adults, to relate to.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY TYLA MASON bring animals and plants to life to get children excited about connecting with nature.
EDUCATIONAL AND FUN encourages children to discover what’s amazing and interesting about nature.
EXPANDS EMOTIONAL LITERACY by helping kids explore how their environment makes them feel.
AGES 8 AND UP with fun facts and engaging activities.
1. Aldebaran: sometimes it’s nice to feel small
2. The leopard shark: understanding what’s scary
3. The giant redwood tree: don’t waste your time!
4. The scorpion: you are the expert!
5. The flatfish: life is amazing and pretty weird!
6. You are a hedgehog!
7. A puppy knows you’re fantastic
8. Being happy like a cow
9. The view from a plane window can help you feel calm
10. Clouds come for free
11. Sunshine: do you know why you’re feeling grumpy?
12. The okapi: feeling confident
13. The Alps: feeling big on the inside
14. The river: the stages of life
15. A rabbit burrow: feeling cosy
16. Chimpanzees: why it’s tough being human
17. The Arabian Desert: why your brain is like a cupboard
18. The stone pine: being resourceful
19. The giant anteater: it’s okay to feel sad
20. The swallow: there are lots of ways of being clever
21. The African dromedary camel: realising things won’t be perfect
22. The spider’s web: delicacy
23. The Femminello lemon: hope
24. The ant colony: cooperation
25. Cherry blossom: nature is beautiful
26. Bamboo: resilience
27. The fig: small pleasures
28. The clump of grass: one way to stop feeling bored
29. The snail: how to carry your home with you
30. The mother elephant: why parents fuss
31. The window box: helping things grow
32. Lightning: the difference between imagination and understanding
33. The horizon of the sea: being an explorer
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Tyla Mason is an illustrator based in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from Cape Town Creative Academy with a BA in Communication Design, and has since created illustrations for Casimir magazine, Rookie, and Malala Fund. A lot of her work centers around girlhood and education, with a character-driven style that is colorful and engaging.
***What Readers are saying:***
"The great outdoors, a place of discovery, of wonder, of beauty and of joy. We are often told that it is important for us to protect nature but how often are we encouraged to embrace it, to share in its bounty, to explore it in order to have a positive impact on our own well-being? Now is your chance, Tyla Mason has simply and stunningly illustrated this School Of Life fact-filled exploratory extravaganza." – Armadillo Magazine
"This thought-provoking book should provide many opportunities to discuss and learn from the natural world. Highly recommend for classrooms and libraries." – School Library Journal Starred Reviews
"I like that it made emotions real life things and helped me understand my emotions more and why I sometimes feel the way I do." – Niamh (age 8), Goodreads
"I think this book is great because it creates the bigger picture and let’s you see nature in a different way. It is a very educational yet fun and uplifting. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a passion for nature or wants to learn about it." – Goodreads review
"Wow this is simply beautiful. I really loved the colourful pages, illustrations and text." – NetGalley review
"As a teacher, I think this would make a wonderful resource for my classroom. It displays facts about nature in a unique way with beautiful illustrations and offers children a different approach to considering nature. Each page offers opportunity for reflection and mindfulness with lots of talking points for whole class discussions (or discussions with your child before bedtime)." – NetGalley review
"A wonderful walk through nature, covering all areas and aspects of nature. Very beautifully written and kept us captivated." – NetGalley review
"The writing in Nature and Me is lovely, the facts are concise, and the book is
highly readable for kids aged eight and up. Each section is accompanied by a beautifully drawn illustration." – NetGalley review
"A great resource for teachers, librarians, and parents to engage with children." – NetGalley review
“This book is interesting, inspirational, informative and teaches respect to the natural world. Stunning illustrations and easy to follow text, is a dream of every parent.” – NetGalley review
"This is a gorgeously illustrated and informative children's book packed full of facts about nature and the outdoors." – Avocado Diaries
"This book explains nature in a humorous and informative way. It was delightful to read and would be an excellent resource in schools and nurseries." – NetGalley review
"An interesting book that looks at different things from nature and how you can use them to help make better choices in your own ways of thinking and behaving. A good choice for adding variety to your bookshelves and giving children the chance to explore and think for themselves.” – NetGalley review
"It's such a clever book that links the benefits of exploring the outdoor world and our mental health. The book also gives you thoughts to ponder upon and helps you think about dealing with situations in different ways.” – NetGalley review
"A charming book to help a young person learn about nature and themselves and appreciate both too." – NetGalley review
"This is a brilliantly informative book about the ways nature can help us and enrich our lives. … Not only does this book have a lovely warm tone and beautiful pictures but it contains bite-sized chunks of information about the natural world from all sorts of fascinating geographical locations.” – NetGalley review
"A heart-warming and informative read. Each set of pages features simple, stylish artworks paired with science facts about different types of flora and fauna as well as a kid-friendly mindfulness message. The design and layout is brilliant! I want this for my coffee table now ... The vibrant colors and peaceful points make for a very hygge gem of a book. I felt smarter and got warm fuzzies reading this." –NetGalley review
"This is really cute and contains great lessons. The artwork is gorgeous and bright. I think there are wonderful messages within the story about life [and] nature. It's inspirational and brilliant. I loved the examples used to teach different life lessons." –NetGalley review